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Head-shop owner facing time behind bars

The owner of Twist Headz will spend two months behind bars for criminal and civil contempt. He'll also have to pay about $25,000 in penalties.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The owner of Twist Headz will spend two months behind bars for criminal and civil contempt. He'll also have to pay about $25,000 in penalties.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Gary Schiffer violated a court order banning him from selling mislabeled and misbranded synthetic drugs.

Schneiderman says Schiffer was creating and marketing a synthetic drug called "Xtreme Rampage."

"This is blatantly illegal drug manufacturing and dealing that flies in the face of a previous court order and it will not be tolerated," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "We have seen the devastation caused by synthetic drug abuse in families and communities across New York State. My office will continue to prosecute those who pollute our communities with dangerous designer drugs."

An investigation revealed it cost Schiffer 75 cents to make the product, but he was selling it for $6, netting a 600 percent profit. DEA agents seized 2,931 packages from a tub in Schiffer's SUV.

In July, the Attorney General filed 12 lawsuits against 16 head shop locations, including Twisted Headz. Within 36 hours of filing the lawsuits, the Attorney General's office says it obtained Temporary Restraining Orders, effectively removing the "designer drugs" from the shelves.

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