Pecos A Step Closer to Banning Synthetic Drugs 5/6/13
CBS 7 News
May 6, 2013
Pecos, TX - It's an ordinance that is expected to save young lives.
The City of Pecos is one step closer to banning synthetic drugs.
Pecos Law enforcement says teenagers and young adults are usually caught using synthetic drugs.
The Pecos Chief of Police Clay McKinney says it's a danger for the person using it, especially if they work in the oilfield industry.
In Monday's Pecos City Council meeting McCkinny says they've arrested almost one person a month on synthetic drugs for the past seven months.
"We have shut down a shop and pressed charges on young people who have been experimenting with it," he said.
The Pecos City Council unanimously passed the first reading banning the use of the drugs.
The Interim Municipal Judge David Floras says the ordinance is similar to The City of Lubbock's.
"Just because someone wants to make a quick buck, but we are saying that's not OK," Floras said.
Mayor Venetta Seals says if this becomes law there will be many ammendments to follow considering the manufacturer changes how the drugs are made once an ordinance is passed.
"They've changed the compound and they've skirted around us and the ordinance and we have to change it again," McKinney explained.
Sending the drugs off to be tested can also be pricey, but Floras says that should not stop the city from doing what's right.
"If someone doesn't take the first step and they worry about finances and how much its going to cost," Floras said, "then how much is a life worth?"