Scott Marks 4:19 p.m., June 19
Vista liquor license suspended for designer drug sales
Local retailer caught distributing bath salts and spice
Tommy’s Liquor in Vista is set to be hit with a 20-day suspension of its liquor license tomorrow by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Effective at 2:30 p.m. on the 17th, Tommy’s will not be able to sell any alcoholic products for the duration of the suspension.
During an inspection of the store on October 9, San Diego Sheriff’s deputies found packets of “spice,” a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of marijuana, as well as a variant of the designer drug “bath salts,” offered for sale. At the time, the manager was cited for possession of synthetic drugs for sale, and the resulting alcohol suspension is a direct result of this offense.
A state law banning the sale of synthetic or “designer” drugs took effect on January 1, 2012. Law enforcement officials spent the following February visiting retailers throughout the county to ensure they were all aware of and prepared to comply with the law, which carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or six months’ imprisonment.