Judge Orders Head Shop Owner To Pay $193K Fine


The owner of a Watertown head shop has been slapped with a fine of more than $190,000.

In January, a judge decided that John Tebbetts III, the owner of Tebb's Head Shops, was responsible for selling illegal synthetic drugs.

Now, the same judge, state Supreme Court Justice James McClusky, has ordered Tebbetts to pay a $193,750 fine.

Tebbetts owns and operates a chain of eight Tebbs head shops located throughout central and northern New York.

The judge also ordered that Tebbetts pay a $100,000 bond for each store that continues to operate.

Tebbetts was held responsible for selling deceptively labeled drug products to consumers, despite denying they were meant for human consumption.

The court ruling came after the state Attorney General's Office conducted an undercover investigation into head shops across New York.

The investigation revealed that head shop retailers were selling designer drugs, including commonly known synthetics such as "bath salts" and "synthetic marijuana."

Tebbetts faces years in prison when he is sentenced April 29, with his lawyer arguing for eight years, and prosecutors seeking at least 12 and a half years.

See our earlier report

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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