Dallas police and paramedics told city council members on Monday they have been inundated with K2 overdoses and trafficking and it is straining emergency resources.
The council held a hearing about K2 and what can be done to fight the problem on Monday morning.
Police said several recent arrests of suspected dealers have had a positive effect in downtown Dallas. But they also believe some smoke shops may be tied to the supply chain and selling K2 illegally.
Police said the chemicals are often ordered in bulk from china and mixed with a solvent, then sprayed on leafy material and smoked.
Councilman Philip Kingston seemed especially frustrated with Dallas city attorneys and the lack of legal options presented to council so far.
“We had DFR and DPD giving very conscientious briefings about this and it didn't appear to me that the city attorney has done a damn thing.” Kingston said.
One idea on the table at city hall: define and regulate drug paraphernalia shops. That could include shop inspections and limiting operating hours and where they can open. The goal would be to keep the shops away from schools and churches.
Police said they fear K2 spreading beyond downtown, noting intelligence sources said the drug is creeping into east Dallas.
“We've always found that when zoning and code and law enforcement and everyone works together to prevent and solve crimes then we always do better in the city,” said DPD Deputy Chief Vernon Hale.
One smoke shop owner who didn't want to speak on camera told FOX4 he worries about the potential effects of broad-sweeping ordinances. He believes the shops already breaking the law by selling K2 will find a way to do it regardless of city regulation.