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Banned substance, cash and financial records seized from Moorhead smoke shop

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead business owner was arrested Wednesday night after police confiscated about 2,000 bags of synthetic marijuana, a product recently banned by state lawmakers.

Yassin Wazwaz, owner of Pyromaniacs Smoke Shop, is accused of selling synthetic marijuana, according to a police news release issued early this morning.

Police executed a search warrant at the business Wednesday night. In addition to the banned substance, officers confiscated financial records and cash from the business, Lt. Brad Penas said in the release.

Police plan to ask the Clay County Attorney's Office to charge Wazwaz with the sale of synthetic marijuana.

During the 2011 Minnesota Legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill banning possession and sale of synthetic marijuana effective July 1.

Penas said police visited five Moorhead businesses July 1 to talk about the new law and give them a letter outlining it. Each of the businesses was in compliance at the time, and none were displaying synthetic marijuana for sale to customers.

However, the following week, police determined Pyromaniacs Smoke Shop was selling a banned substance, Penas said.

A sample was purchased and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for analysis. On Wednesday, Moorhead police received the lab results, which showed the purchased item positive for a banned substance.

Police then searched the shop, prompting officers to seize the product, business records and cash.