“Today we are taking I think a very significant step towards fighting back against a national crisis and giving the people of the State of New York and their representatives the ability to do something about a drug problem that until now has been spiraling out of control,” Schneiderman said at a news conference in Rochester Tuesday afternoon.
Schneiderman said the video investigation also showed some shop employees across the state giving customers instructions on how to use the drugs. Despite labels on various products that did state they were “not for human consumption” the undercover agents report store clerks at Look ah Hookah and elsewhere actually offered tutorials and tips on how to consume those products.
A.G. Schneiderman’s lawsuit has been filed in 12 counties against stores in Buffalo, Syracuse, Utica, Albany, Watertown and cities on Long Island.
The civil action seeks an immediate restraining order to stop the stores involved from selling any of the substances targeted in this investigation. It also seeks damages and fines from the court that A.G. Schneiderman hopes will deter other stores statewide from engaging in the same practice.
Attached is an affidavit attached to the court filing that details one undercover agents encounters at the two Rochester area Look ah Hookah stores.