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Home being used as business sold synthetic marijuana

Tenants allegedly using former mayor's rental property to sell synthetic marijuana

Tenants allegedly using former mayor's home to sell synthetic marijuana. (Source: KLTV) Tenants allegedly using former mayor's home to sell synthetic marijuana. (Source: KLTV)
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A former East Texas mayor says that, over his objections, one of his tenants is selling synthetic marijuana in his rental property. Mayor Murray Moore says the house was originally leased as a residence. However, he says just a few weeks after the lease began, he learned the tenant was using the home for something far different.

Earlier this month, Moore and his business partners leased a 3 bedroom, 2 bath residential property to someone who was supposed to use it as a home.

Longview police say the tenants have been selling synthetic marijuana at the property on East Marshall avenue. A flow of traffic alerted neighboring businesses, but Moore says he had no idea what was going on.

“My sister drove by and saw the sign that said ‘Scooby Snacks.’ I didn't know what that was. It's a version of this potpourri. I said 'you’re kidding.' As soon as we found out about it, we took action,” Moore said.

A few weeks ago, Longview police went undercover to investigate the business. As a result, an employee was cited for selling the potpourri often used as synthetic marijuana.

Moore says he notified the city of Longview that this residence was being used illegally and wanted them to enforce numerous violations.

“It's my understanding the city could pull the electrical meter out. It violates fire code. It violates parking. It's not handicap accessible. There's many issues regarding this building, and the city has more power than we do,” he said.

But since the lease agreement is residential, Moore says the process is complicated.

Two weeks ago, he and his partners served the tenant with an eviction notice. Three days later the tenant was still on the property. Moore says, as of yesterday, the business was still open.

“On a business lease, there is a lockout clause. On a violation of the lease, we could simply go and lock him out. This is a residence, where they are living. We don't know if he has children or not. He's entitled to the full eviction process, which is a residential, which takes time, Moore said.

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