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Keene shop reopens after DEA raid
Phat Stuff owner Panos Eliopoulos was working in his glass blowing studio in the store Saturday making glass pipes to replenish his stock taken in a DEA raid Wednesday. (Meghan Pierce Photo)
Phat Stuff at 84 Main St. was included in a Drug Enforcement Administration nationwide synthetic drug raid Wednesday.
Wednesday DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said the agency was targeting every level of the designer synthetic drug market in the U.S., from wholesalers, retailers to manufacturers. Phat Stuff was one of more than 200 locations in 29 states searched by the DEA Wednesday.
Store employee Evan Prokowich said Saturday he is not aware of any arrests and said Eliopoulos and employees on legal advice are not commenting on the matter right now.
On Wednesday Prokowich said the store had done nothing wrong, but had been presented with a document by the DEA that said products such as bongs and water pipes and any other devices uses to inhale or ingest illegal drugs would be seized. Prokowich said all of those devices are for tobacco use only.
During the DEA raid on Wednesday members of Free Keene videotaped the DEA agents filling the U-Haul truck and criticized agents for taking away the store owner’s livelihood.
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