Sheriff’s Agents Arrest Smoke Shop Owner In Cocoa

By  //  March 29, 2013

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Investigation Began On Monday

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Brevard County Sheriff’s agents executed a search warrant on a Cocoa smoke shop and arrested its owner on Friday.

Brian Woodring of Cocoa Beach, 37, was arrested by Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents on Friday for possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute. The arrest came after an investigation of the Kronic AM Smoke Shop in Cocoa owned by Woodring. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Maria Fernez said an investigation of the Kronic AM at 26 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa began Monday when deputies arrested a store employee for selling alcohol to a minor.

Fernez said sheriff’s agents arrested Kronic AM’s  owner Brian Woodring of Cocoa Beach, 37, for possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute.

According to Fernez, during the investigation sheriff’s deputies observed a number of items of drug paraphernalia on display for retail sale at the store.

Drug paraphernalia like this was being sold at the Kronic AM Smoke shop in Cocoa. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

The items, which are commonly referred to as “Whippets” or “Whip-its,” are filled with nitrous oxide and are inhaled by users. The items were seized and an arrest warrant was prepared.

Agents arrested Woodring at the business Friday without incident.

Paraphernalia sold for drug use led to the arrest Friday of the owner of the Kronic AM Smoke Shop in Cocoa. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office)

Fernez said during the arrest, agents discovered that the store’s shelves had been restocked with additional items of paraphernalia for sale.

Woodring was transported to the Brevard County Jail Complex under a $25,000 bond.

“To see children and young adults from all aspects of life ingesting these chemicals with absolutely no idea what it will do to their bodies is truly sad,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “Please call the Sheriff’s Office or your local police department if you have any questions concerning suspicious items. We can assist by giving you the information needed to help keep your children safe.”

Anyone with information concerning the investigation is asked to call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division at 321-633-1216 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.


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