Police have busted another Hamilton store owner for allegedly selling synthetic drugs illegally.
Following anonymous tips from the public, police and Ministry of Health officials conducted a Controlled Purchase Operation in the city using an adult volunteer last week.
The team visited six shops and one storekeeper sold the volunteer a synthetic cannabinoid product as well as a soft drink, which is in breach of the Psychoactive Substances Act.
"That act prohibits the sale of synthetic cannabinoid products in premises where foodstuffs are also sold,'' city licensing supervisor Sergeant Jim Kernohan said.
''The business in question has had an interim licence to sell such products issued and the two agencies involved in last week's operation are now seeking to have that interim licence revoked.''
He said it was a ''random store'' that was only selling synthetic cannabinoid products and soft drinks.
The act states that a person must not sell synthetic cannabinoid products from ''a shop commonly thought of as a convenience store''.
Police would not name the store or the suburb where it is located.
Mr Kernohan said the public had made their feelings quite clear on how they felt about the risks associated with synthetic cannabinoids and also what they expected the agencies tasked with policing them to do about businesses and individuals breaching the act.
A Hamilton dairy owner was the first to be charged under the new act after more than 2000 packets of synthetic cannabinoid products were seized from a Beerescourt store last month.
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