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      City of Clovis introduces ordinance that bans synthetic drugs

      The City of Clovis is standing up to synthetic drugs.

      The City Attorney introduced an ordinance to ban the use, possession and sale of synthetic drugs in Thursday's city commission meeting.

      "There's a group of concerned citizens in Clovis that had approached the city about some mechanism to better deal with the issues," said Joe Thomas, Clovis city manager. "We would like to make it as inconvenient as possible for the people that are providing the product to continue."

      Violating this ordinance would be a misdemeanor. It would be punishable by up to six months in jail an d/or a $999 fine.

      Law enforcement said the purpose of this ordinance is not just punishment.

      "The introduction of the ordinance is a twofold thing. It gives us another enforcement tool to work with but primarily bringing this ordinance to council has really brought an awareness to the community that we have a problem here and we need to find a way to fix," said Steve Sanders, chief of police for the Clovis Police Department.

      There will be 14 days before the ordinance is officially adopted.

      The public can voice their opinions and any changes to the ordinance will be made during that time.

      "I don't think there will be any negative reaction to it because basically, anyone that's going to show up to the meeting will be for banning it," said Craig Ham, business owner in Clovis.

      Ham said synthetic drugs are a problem in Clovis, just as it is in other areas of the country.

      Both Thomas and Sanders said awareness is the most important part of the fight against synthetics.

      "It's the spreading of the word, it's the idea of hey, we have this in our towns and parents and family members be aware that if you get a hold of this stuff, this is bad stuff," Sanders said.