On the same day that federal drug enforcement agents raided local shops for selling synthetic drugs, the village of Ilion passed a law banning the sale and possession of the substance.
“We are having incidents of it. Before [the law], there would be no enforceability,” said Ilion Police Chief Tim Parisi during a telephone interview on Thursday.
“This gives officers on the street a tool for enforcement,” Parisi added.
On July 8, a 24-year-old man barricaded himself inside his home in Ilion. Parisi said it was reported to their agency that bath salts may have been a factor in the incident.
“However, we didn’t receive any confirmation of that,” he said.
The village board of trustees unanimously passed the ordinance during its regular meeting on Wednesday. Trustee Barbara Collea was absent.
“We did pass the law. Anything currently on the books on the state or federal level doesn’t give enforcement to police agencies,” said Mayor John Stephens.
Federal agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration raided Tebb’s Head Shop in Herkimer on Wednesday as part of a larger raid across the country to takedown the synthetic drug industry, which includes bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
Raids were also conducted in Utica, Syracuse, Fulton and Oneida.
In other business on Wednesday, the board showed its support for a fundraiser that will take place at the village-owned South Fifth Avenue ball field park on Aug. 6.
“We were approached by a group of people who wished to start some improvements at the field. They came to use and had an idea for a benefit right there,” said Stephens.
The event will include performances by local bands and events for children.
“We’re 100 percent behind it,” he said.
Improvements would be made to the dugouts and lighting at the field.
Stephens said the field is utilized by the school, Pop Warner, Babe Ruth and other groups.
•The board also passed a motion to purchase a commercial-sized chipper for the village light department for $25,490.