EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 8, 2012

Lab results delayed in Plaistow store raid

By Dustin Luca dluca@eagletribune.com
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — PLAISTOW — Months after more than $100,000 in merchandise was seized in a raid, a Plaistow Road convenience store is still open for business as authorities await test results from the state lab.

Authorities have yet to learn whether bath salt products and synthetic marijuana seized from Foods Plus contained any chemicals deemed illegal by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing.

Meanwhile, the investigation of Foods Plus continues, Downing said.

Products seized from the store during the raid in June are still being analyzed, he said.

At the time, the analysis was expected to take four to six weeks.

“The state lab is pretty busy,” Downing said. “They’re understaffed and serving the entire state. They’re going as quickly as they can.”

Plaistow police and Sheriff’s Department deputies launched a joint investigation of the store after police learned the public was concerned about some of the products being sold at Foods Plus.

If the lab analysis confirms the seized products contain ingredients banned by the DEA, criminal charges could be filed against the store’s owners.

Plaistow Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones declined to comment on the investigation, referring questions to county investigators.

Owners of the store could not be reached for comment.