A Devonport vape shop has been raided by police.
Five police officers arrived at Vaping is Personal Plymouth this morning and seized all CBD-related stock at the vape shop.
According to local newspaper, The Plymouth Herald, shop owner Ashley Cole said he feels “victimised” following this morning’s events, insisting that “everything [in his shop] is completely legal.”
He told the newspaper that the products seized from his shop are available to purchase at well-known high street health shops such as Holland and Barrett.
It’s believed products such as CBD oil and CBD teabags have been seized as part of the raid.
Mr Cole added: “They are all completely lawful. We have all the correct documentation and lab reports. We’ve offered them samples which they’ve declined. It’s ridiculous.”
Following the publication of a news story on the raid on the newspaper’s website, a Plymouth Live journalist added:
“The owner of the shop has asked us to clarify that the products seized were hemp oil, while has lower levels of cannabinoids than CBD.” [sic]
Devon and Cornwall Police arrived at 10am Monday morning and remained at the premises for some time before issuing the following statement.
“Following reports that items which may contain levels of controlled substance are being sold from a shop in Plymouth, Police executed a warrant at an address on Phelps Road, Plymouth today (10/9).
A number of items have been seized which will now be sent for testing. No arrests have been made at this time in relation to his matter and police enquires continue.”
Police carried out the raid having received a warrant to do so from the local magistrate under the Misuse of Drugs Act, to search for controlled drugs, paraphernalia, lists, scales, phones, cash and documents linked to the supply of controlled drugs.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Plymouth City Council has said today’s raid did not involve any of its Trading Standards officials.