Bronx bodega owners vow not to sell K2

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THE BRONX – Bodega Owners Association said 1,700 bodegas in the Bronx pledged not to sell K2.

Bodegas are the epicenter of the problem. Last week, law enforcement officials said they found 70 bodegas and delis selling K2.

The drug also known as synthetic marijuana is unpredictable and deadly.

Beyond that – organizers say if a store is caught selling K2 they should be shut down.

Not a fine or a slap on the wrist. That's because there is nothing to stop bodega owners from going back to selling the drug after paying a fine.

Currently, the sale of K2 is not illegal in New York City, and selling or manufacturing the drug is only a health-code violation in New York state, punishable by a $250 fine.

But there are currently three state bills that would criminalize the sale.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton warns K2 has been flooding the streets hurting teenagers, sending them to emergency rooms.

On Wednesday,there was a big bust from officials – a federal indictment went down against ten manufacturers and distributors in a massive distribution ring in all five boroughs.

Law enforcement was investigating the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars from the United States to Yemen when the NYPD noticed a lot of K2 being sold bodega and delis.