Hillsborough, FL -- Several business owners were hit with hefty fines after violating the synthetic code enforcement ordinance.
The Hillsbourgh County code enforcement board listened to several synthetic drug ordinance violation cases on Friday morning. They each ended with similar outcomes.
Fines ranged from $2,500 to more than $1.2 million.
The businesses are fined for violating the synthetic drug ordinance by either possessing, selling or distribution of synthetic drugs that go by names like K2, Spice, Scooby Snacks and Potpourri.
Two of the attorneys argued that the substance found in the containers should be tested to ensure the contents was a synthetic drug substance. But that didn't hold at the hearing and business owners were still fined.
Business owners have 30 days to pay the fines, they will be charged an additional $1,000 for each day they pay late.