“It’s long over due.”
That was the statement made by more than one person as they walked past the 420 Emporium on East Broadway this morning.
Just after 11:30 a.m., several Fulton Police and NY State Police vehicles screeched to a halt in front of the business located between First and Second streets. At least one unmarked police vehicle was also there.
Some stopped on the sidewalk across from the store and stood to watch. Others pulled into the Rite Aid store’s parking lot and watched the raid unfold from their cars.
“It’s long over due,” a few people said as they watched the raid.
“I hope they close them all down!” another person added.
Police were inside the store for more than 30 minutes before they began bringing things out in boxes marked “evidence.”
One young man mused, “With all the stuff in the news about that (crap), why would anyone want to put it in their body?”
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Oswego County Today’s Steve Yablonski is outside the 420 Emporium on Broadway in Fulton, and reports that Fulton Police, State Police and what appear to be federal drug enforcement agents have raided the store this morning.
He says a woman was taken from the store, apparently in custody, and police have begun to remove boxes of materials.
Police are carrying out coordinated raids against the 420 Emporium and the Tebbs chain of head shops. There are at least five 420 Emporiums, in Fulton, Syracuse, Batavia and Rochester.
TheBatavian.com confirms that a raid is also underway at the Batavia outlet. NewsChannel 9 reports that raids are underway at various Tebbs and 420 Emporium locations in the Syracuse area.
It’s the first action since approval of a federal law banning certain chemicals used in synthetic drugs such as synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
More coverage is coming, including photos from the scene.