Jul 10, 2013 11:40 PM by Steven Albritton
Deputies executed two search warrants Wednesday. One at "The Smoke Shop" on Johnston Street and the other at a home on Vital street. No arrests were made, but narcotics agents say they found evidence of synthetic weed. With guns drawn, Lafayette narcotics agents raided both the business and the home.
Amanda Talbot lives next door to the home which was raided. She wasn't home at the time, but her 18-year-old daughter was there alone and afraid.
"She called me at work and was scared, huddled down in her room. So, I told her to come to my office. It's unnerving at the fact that this type of stuff goes on in this neighborhood that's quiet. Especially with three children at home, it's scary," Talbot said.
Talbot, along with other neighbors, say they are shocked this happened so close to home.
"We're all a close knit neighborhood. We watch out for each others houses. Right here, is such a busy through street. The fact that something like this goes on right next door to where you've lived for ten plus years, it's unsettling," Talbot said.
Captain John Babin of Metro Narcotics says synthetic marijuana remains a problem in Acadiana.
Obviously, you have the stores that are selling it, then you have the people that are selling it underground. Those are a little bit more difficult to deal with, but if a person is looking to get their hands on it, it's not very difficult to do," Captain Babin said.
Although no arrests were made Wednesday, the Lafayette Sheriff's Department says they have multiple suspects in mind and expect to make arrests very soon.