Apr 1, 2013 7:05 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
CORPUS CHRISTI - Members of a local Facebook group aren't too pleased about a man's attempts to sell illegal goods online. An advertisement for a synthetic marijuana product was brought to our attention by a viewer last Friday.
After talking with police, they say these posts don't go unnoticed and are watching to see if seller takes it down the ad.
The group owner says sadly this kind of illegal activity is popping up more and more.
"We have people trying to sell WIC Food Stamps, synthetic marijuana, all the time. Generally it's a one time thing. Lately synthetic marijuana is something that I have seen," says the Trash to Treasure Facebook group owner who did not want to be identified.
Within 30 minutes of group member Vincent Beltran posting the thread for the product, people interested in a potential sale started responding. So did the owner of the page.
"I let them know this is against the law, it's not allowed in this group and you are not allowed to post this in this group. When it's not removed, it's obvious to me that they have no intentions of following the rules so they are banned from the group," says the group owner.
Corpus Christi police say they work hard to keep synthetic marijuana off the shelves locally. Earlier this year, police raided eight local smoke shops accused of selling the products. They've even made return visits for busts at the same businesses.
But their search doesn't stop there. Officers keep an eye on Facebook groups and Craigslist ads in search of illegal activity.
"It's some what surprising that someone would put that on the internet thinking that we aren't going to look in to it or someone is not going to bring it to our attention," says Captain Michael Alanis with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Captain Alanis says often during an investigation officers find the person accused of committing a crime is not even living in the city. The group owner says it's frustrating to see people take advantage of the site when the rules are clearly posted on the page.
CCPD's Narcotics Division is currently investigating this synthetic marijuana post, but would not release any further information on the case.