Man Sues Tebb's Head Shop Owner Over Designer Drug

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A Jefferson County man is suing the owner of Tebb's Head Shops for selling him a designer drug he claims caused him severe health problems.

Tyler Snyder filed the lawsuit in state Supreme Court Friday.

He's suing John Tebbetts, who's currently behind bars in the Albany County Jail, for an undisclosed amount of money.

According to court documents, Snyder bought a designer drug known as "Molly's Mosquito" at Tebbetts' store on Eastern Boulevard in Watertown on February 16, 2012.

"Molly's Mosquito" purports to mimic the effects of the street drug "molly" or "ecstasy."

In the lawsuit, Snyder claims the drug caused him to experience "acute respiratory failure, cardiac dysfunction, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary edema, fever, cardiogenic shock, coma, acute kidney failure and dehydration."

Snyder required emergency medical treatment, according to the documents.

He is represented by attorney David Satisky of the New York City law firm of Belluck & Fox.

Tebbetts owned a chain of so-called 'head shops,' including one in Watertown, which are now closed.

Tebbetts pleaded guilty last December to a string of federal drug and money laundering charges, afrter he was caught in a crackdown on so-called 'designer' drugs.

Tebbetts' head shops sold a variety of synthetic drugs including products that were marketed as 'bath salts' that were supposed to mimic the effects of amphetamine and cocaine.

A judge in Watertown ordered Tebbetts to pay a $193,000 fine.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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