Citizen Believes Drug Paraphernalia Is Being Sold In Drug Free Zone
PASCO, Wash - Sven Dailey contacted KNDU because he was concerned that drug paraphernalia is being sold in a drug-free zone near Pasco High School.
We contacted several city leaders and Pasco Police and found that the confusion lies in what the definition of what drug paraphernalia is.
For example, we bought baggies at a smoke shop on Court Street, near Pasco High School, which is in a drug free zone. If the baggies are used for a coin collection, or tobacco, they are completely legal. However, as soon as they are used to store an illegal drug, they can be considered drug paraphernalia, said Pasco Police Captain Jim Raymond.
"I don't know of anyone who is going to measure with a gram scale, tobacco by the gram and put it in a Ziploc baggie," Dailey said.
Dailey said he wants city ordinances changed.
The City of Pasco and Pasco Police investigated his first complaint in January 2005. After three months, they found nothing illegal at the smoke shop.
"It's not unlawful to sell glass pipes or water pipes by state law by state statute," Raymond said.
That is, as long as they're not used for illegal drugs.
Other products in the store can also define whether something is okay to sell, Raymond said.
"If they had copies of High Times Magazine there, or instructions on how to cultivate marijuana, then, it would be unlawful," Raymond said.
Still, Dailey said he will continue to fight the issue and attend Pasco City Council meetings to try to make a change.
However, Pasco's Mayor and the Chief Of Police both said he'd be better off working with elected representatives on the state level to get something like this changed.