Police bust novelty store for allegedly selling illegal drugs

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 10 at 1:36 AM

(WHAS11) - Two store owners in Southern Indiana are charged with felony drug offenses and nearly $100,000 is seized from their home.
 
The search centered around a store called "The Raq Shaq", where police say a couple illegally sold a highly addictive drug.
 
Police busted the owners after officers made undercover buys of a drug called Pyrovalerone, which is used in Europe for treament of chronic fatigue syndrome, but is rarely prescribed in the U.S.
 
Officers seized more than 600 gram-size doses of the drug, which sell for more than $50 each.
 
They also discovered more than $93,000 in cash in the store owner's home.
 
Keith Bilz, 35, and 22-year-old Tara Johnson both face felony drug charges.
 
The store is currently closed, but community members say that there are other stores in Southern Indiana selling the addictive substances.
 
"It's highly addictive and they're so young, they don't even know what they're doing to their bodies. It's killing them," said Judy Andrew, whose son Ryan Moreland died after using synthetic drugs earlier this year.
 
"These stores continue to keep it on their shelves. They find ways to get it back on their shelves," said Deanna Davis, Moreland's aunt.
 
The family is starting an organization to try to raise awareness about the dangers of synthetic drugs.
 
Police in Madison say they have raided several stores selling the products in recent months.
 

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