UPDATED: Synthetic marijuana seized from Prince Hookah Lounge

Spencer Jenkins

The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force seized 83 packs if synthetic marijuana from Prince Hookah Lounge at 116 Bookstore Way around 2:15 p.m. on Jan. 23 following the execution of a search warrant with a retail value of $2,075.

Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, said they went in Prince’s two weeks ago and purchased “Diablo” — a synthetic form of marijuana having the chemical compound 7H — and sent it to the Kentucky State Police Lab.

The substance was sent to the Kentucky State Police Regional Lab in Louisville for testing and based on what the task force found from the purchase, a search warrant was allowed, Loving said.

“It’s a synthetic cannabinoid which is in violation of county ordinance,” Loving said.

The Warren County Fiscal Court prohibited both the sale and possession of such substances earlier this month.

Now it’s up to the courts to establish punishments, Loving said. The task force will continue checking businesses to make sure they aren’t selling the synthetic marijuana.

Amar Shoraba, 32, and Ayad Akbuaki, 35 were both cited to the Warren District Court for trafficking in a synthetic cannabinoid, Class A Misdemeanor, according to a Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force media release. Both individuals are to appear in Warren District Court on Feb. 15.

The violation carries up to 12 months in jail and a $500 fine, Loving said.

Prince’s Hookah Lounge declined to comment.