Friday, October 29, 2010

Marchman Act Blog Local News: Swap Shop bust: Drug paraphernalia seized at Lauderhill market

LAUDERHILL —
Acting on complaints from parents, authorities have seized more than 5,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia from vendors at the Swap Shop.

The Broward Sheriff's Office, working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security, seized 5,691 items from 11 vendors Wednesday, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. Management of the Swap Shop, located at 3291 W. Sunrise Blvd., cooperated with the operation, she said.

The Sheriff's Office had received numerous complaints from parents saying that minors, including middle school students, were purchasing drug paraphernalia from Swap Shop vendors, Concepcion said. During the seizure, three minors went to one of the vendors to try to buy pipes, authorities said.

Included in the items seized were pipes hidden in highlighters and pipes disguised as lipstick and key chain flashlights, the Sheriff's Office said.

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