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10/19/05-Smith County

"Crack Pipes" Sold In East Texas Convenience Stores

Convenience stores across the country have been selling Glass Roses for years, a small glass tube, with a fake rose in it, and many customers don't even notice them. Yesterday, one East Texas woman noticed the small glass tube and wanted some answers. She wanted to know anyone would want to pay $3.00 for a fake rose in a glass tube.

"We asked the cashier do you know what this is for and she said yes, this is a crack pipe," said Toni Nash. A crack pipe, disguised with a different name and a rose.

"I have grandkids and this concerns me," said Nash. "It's too easy for the kids at the schools to walk across the street, or you know be with their parents, and their parents don't know what they are looking at." After noticing the glass tubes, Nash decided to do some investigative reporting of her own. Today she bought one from the Shop and Save in Chapel Hill.

"They were back with the tobacco products in a box and I said what styles do you have available and she lifted one up, the one with a bubble on the end of the pipe, and she said I have this one and then I have the other one and she showed me that." Nash didn't stop there.

"I said 'do you know what these are used for'," said Nash. "She kinda stopped, like she was caught off guard and I said 'these are crack pipes, they are smoking crack with this'. She said, 'that's what I've heard, yes mamn' that's what I've heard'." Today we found a used Glass Rose outside a convenience store, which happens to be right across the street from an intermediate school. That convenience store says it will only sell the Glass Roses to those over 18. Nash says that's not enough.

"I just think that the store owners, individual owners ought to ban together and say no we are not going to do this anymore," said Nash. "Don't help them. Don't help them do things that are detrimental to their health or going to kill them." For now, Nash says she just wants others to know what is sold at their local convenience store, and law enforcement officials say it's perfectly legal for convenience stores to sell Glass Roses, unless workers marketed it towards drug use.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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