Wanneroo police keep eye on Cloud 9

Cloud 9 Smokeshop
Cloud 9 Smokeshop

LOCAL police say they will continue to monitor the Cloud 9 Smokeshop in Wanneroo for banned substances after it was one of a number of stores raided by specialist officers across Perth last week.

Wanneroo officers were not involved in last week’s raid, which was held by a squad based in central Perth as part of a “compliance check”.

But Wanneroo Senior Sergeant Simon Hazell said his officers kept a close eye on the Wanneroo Road outlet.

He said local police had visited the store soon after the State Government introduced the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2015 in November last year.

Joondalup Detectives had also raided the premises.

“We went through an awareness campaign with them (Cloud 9),” Sgt Hazell said.

“Since then, we have gone in and made some seizures and the detectives in Joondalup have been in after that.

“All those charges are still before the court without any outcomes.”

No charges have been laid in relation to last week’s seizures.

Cloud 9 responded to the raids via its Facebook pages, saying “items seized did not have anything illegal or psychoactive linked to them”.

“As usual, Cloud 9 co-operate with our local law enforcers to help make the compliance check run smoothly,” the statement read.

“Cloud 9 does not condone, promote or incite the use of any illegal or controlled substances, nor does it induce anyone to act in conflict with our national or state laws.

“All items are sold only for legal use and staff will refuse sale if anyone intends or speaks of illegal use.

“The media continues to write about items seized at the last raid, with no evidence to this date to prove that anything seized is actually psychoactive.

“We do not sell, supply, or promote psychoactive substances and will continue to co-operate with all government authorities and regulators.”

It was revealed last week WA Police had seized 4982 alleged psychoactive substances since the introduction of the legislation last year, 4587 of those coming from Cloud 9 stores across WA.