SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - Law enforcement agencies all over in the Tennessee Valley are joining together to enforce new Kratom laws.
On Friday morning, the Scottsboro Police Department announced they would begin seizing products containing Kratom or its active ingredients from local businesses.
Scottsboro police say they want to make the public aware that possession, distribution, and trafficking of Kratom are unlawful, and violations are subject to the existing criminal penalties for distribution and possession.
Over in the Shoals, police are working with store owners to make sure they know that the substance is now illegal. One Colbert County store owner actually boxed up materials from his store and called drug task force agents to come and confiscate the products.
Colbert County agents say they are working with local business owners to make sure they understand the new law.
"We have not been in a store in Colbert County where it is still out so obviously word traveled fast, and we're encouraging them to call us. And we'll come pick it up and destroy it," said Curtis Burns, the DTF's director.
Governor Bentley signed the bill into law on Tuesday, which now makes possession of Kratom a felony. In Alabama, Kratom has been sold in most gas stations and convenience stores under a slew of names, including Green Vein, Krishina Green Malay and Krazy Kratom.
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