A consent order that permanently bans the sale of synthetic drugs or intoxicants in Pavilion International stores has been signed by a State Supreme Court justice, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.
The order, issued Monday in Erie County by Justice Frederick J. Marshall, dictates that mislabeled or unlabeled products, including intoxicants commonly referred to as synthetic drugs or street drug alternatives, be permanently removed from the shelves of Pavilion International stores on Main Street in Buffalo and Transit Road in Amherst, as well as a downstate location.
Pamo B. Nanwandi, who owns Pavilion International, also must pay $22,000 in penalties.
“The proliferation of synthetic drugs has become a crisis in Erie County, New York State and across the country,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. “The judge’s order proves that, by taking a creative approach in using the state’s existing labeling laws, we can get swift results to remove dangerous synthetic drugs off store shelves and hold sellers accountable for breaking the law.”
State labeling law has numerous requirements for the packaging of consumer commodities, including identifying the name and place of business of the manufacturer.
Marshall’s order follows an investigation by Schneiderman’s office into head shops statewide. It revealed that those retailers were selling designer drugs, including synthetics known as “bath salts” and “synthetic marijuana.”
On July 10, Schneiderman filed 12 lawsuits against 16 head shop locations, including those owned by Pavilion International. Within 36 hours, his office obtained temporary restraining orders, effectively removing the mislabeled products from the shelves.
Monday’s order permanently bans Pavilion International from selling synthetic drugs, a Schneiderman spokeswoman said. Other judges have issued similar orders affecting four other retailers in the state.