Trial for Store Accused of Selling Drug Paraphernalia Begins

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A Topeka Municipal Court trial got underway Wednesday for a local business owner accused of selling drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Houston is charged with three counts of delivery of drug paraphernalia through his store, The Groove Shack.

A city spokesperson says Houston is charged, in part, under recent changes in state law which allow evidence that an item can be used to store or introduce a controlled substance into the body. The changes are meant to target novelty items such as pipes that can be used to smoke drugs. The city says, in a raid of the store, law enforcement seized many items they considered drug paraphernalia.

Houston's trial is expected to last three days. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent familiar with drug paraphernalia was to testify Thursday. The city says it's the largest trial they've had under the drug paraphernalia ordinance.


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