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Panel targets synthetic drugs

The Unicoi County Board of Mayor and Alderman approved a resolution Monday banning the use of
synthetic drugs. Despite City Attorney Doug Shults’ advice to wait until legislation is passed on the state level, Commissioners Loren Thomas and Gene Wilson both motioned for the resolution to be approved.

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ronnie Adkins said that the only kind of enforcement the department could provide would be a citation and $50 fi ne. Adkins also said the offense would be a civil, not a criminal offense. “If we can prevent any of it at all we need to do so,”
Bowman said. Sue Jean Wilson agreed and said, “We have to be proactive.”

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