A complaint for condemnation and forfeiture on property owned by Carl Lackey, the owner of the Cosmic Debris store on Quintard Avenue, signed by Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney Eric N. Snyder, was filed in Calhoun County court Thursday.
Lackey was arrested May 24 after his store was searched by Calhoun County sheriff’s deputies for “spice,” a common name for synthetic marijuana products now outlawed in Alabama thanks to a bill passed during the most recent legislative session.
The complaint lists that on May 18 and May 24 nearly $8,000, a bronze 2011 Kia Optima, a green 2012 Kia Soul, real estate on East Ninth Street and drug paraphernalia items were seized by deputies. The document alleges that the property was used, intended to be used or earned in the illegal distribution of a controlled substance.
The petition requests the property be forfeited and given to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office and to the District Attorney’s Office.
Attempts Monday to reach officials from those offices were unsuccessful. (State offices were closed in observance of the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.)
Lackey was at his store Monday, but told a reporter he didn’t want to talk about the incident. He hung up before being asked if he was aware of the complaint for condemnation and forfeiture or about the seized property.
Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson told The Star last week that Lackey’s arrest was one of the first in the state under a new law banning synthetic marijuana. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley in May.
Lackey is set to appear in court June 21.
Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.