AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) — Katz Boutique and owner Bao Quoc Nguyen will pay $1.175 million after allegations of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and a Texas nuisance law, state Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced.
his companies entered into an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction. The injunction bans Nguyen and the stores from selling alleged synthetic
drugs and controlled substances.
There are Katz
Boutique stores throughout Harris County. They sell smoking
accessories and adult novelty items. According to Paxton’s office, the stores
sold synthetic cannabinoids labeled as “Kush” with deceptive labels.
labels allegedly said the product had innocuous-sounding legal plant
substances as main ingredients. Paxton’s office argued that, in actuality,
these products contained highly dangerous cannabinoids that can induce severe
paranoia, psychotic episodes, violent delusions, kidney damage, suicidal
thoughts and self-mutilation, he says.
Enforcement Administration cites synthetic cannabinoids as the most abused
substance by high school seniors. Research shows that overdoses from these
drugs are increasing in Texas.
found during this case showed the Katz Boutique stores sold more than
90,000 packets of synthetic drugs to Texas consumers since 2013.