Ridglea Theater seized in federal ‘K2’ crackdown
The Ridglea Theater, which is a Camp Bowie Boulevard landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of many of the local properties seized in a federal crackdown on a Dallas-based synthetic marijuana operation that was taken over by the Gas Pipe head shop chain. They also seized $2.8 million in cash and investment funds.
The Gas Pipe chain of stores is owned by Jerry Shults, who happens to also own the Ridglea Theater.
In a complaint that was filed in federal court Wednesday, the prosecutors say employees of Gas Pipe on Maple Avenue in Dallas began to manufacture substances known as K2 and Spice.
Employees of the Gas Pipe, which is located next to the Ridglea declined to comment. Ridglea Theater house manager Richard Van Zandt was surprised about the DEA raid on the Gas Pipe shop. The chain’s Arlington shop was raided the same day, with police assisting, but both locations were open for business Thursday.
“Jerry was always ahead of the curve,” said Van Zandt, a bearded 65-year-old. “It was my understanding that he sold K2 that was within legal limits.” Van Zandt said he was unaware that the theater building was listed as seized property.