The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a new program Friday to inform citizens about synthetic drug-free stores to help reduce the sales of these products in the community.
Sheriff Chris Nocco was joined by Sen. Mike Fasano and other community leaders at the Suncoast Mobile Gas Station, 16055 State Road 52 in Land O' Lakes, to introduce the new sticker program designed to alert customers to stores that do not sell synthetic drugs, which are comprised of a cocktail of toxic chemicals.
Store owner Paul Jallo signed a statement agreing to never sell the products. His store is the first to sign the agreement and post the sticker, which reads in part "Synthetic Drugs Kill - These Drugs Are NOT Sold Here."
"We don't sell it," Jallo said. "We hope no one else will sell it either."
"It hurts a lot of kids and people," he added.
Nocco said he hopes it's a "chain reaction" and that these stickers will be on the front of every store in Pasco soon.
If a store owner does not want to sign a form that says they will not sell those drugs, then we should not shop at that store, Sen. Mike Fasano said.
The no-sell agreement releases and the stickers are available at the sheriff’s office road patrol district headquarters in Dade City (34609 State Road 52), New Port Richey (7432 Little Road), and Trinity (11530 Trinity Boulevard). For more information, call 1-800-854-2862.