The federal bong police have
struck again, this time raiding two stores in Springfield, Illinois.
On August 15, DEA agents swooped into Traveling Treasures, a 15-year fixture
on West Jefferson Street, and Penny Lane on South MacArthur Boulevard.
The feds seized an estimated $35,000 to $40,000 in inventory from Traveling
Treasures, owner Art Campbell told the Springfield State Journal-Register.
"They took all our pipes,
saying it was drug paraphernalia," said Campbell. "I never knew I
was doing anything wrong. I sell fatigues and I have policemen in
this store almost every day. I always said, 'If you see anything
illegal, take it away.' I've never had any problems. And one
day the DEA comes in the door."
Pipe manufacturers and sellers
have been the subject of an on-again-off-again federal campaign against
drug paraphernalia in the last three years. Most of the cases are
linked to two US Attorneys' offices, the Southern District of Iowa (Des
Moines) and the Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), and the
feds have typically followed leads from one head shop or manufacturer busts
to other sellers or makers. Under Supreme Court interpretations of
federal law, bongs and other non-traditional pipes are considered to be
"We're baffled," said Campbell,
who added that his store sponsored a Little League team, contributed to
charities and gave money to police organizations. "We're an accepted
part of this community, and now all of a sudden we're villains."
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Issue #253, 9/6/02
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