Civil suit decided against Zig Stag owner

A civil lawsuit filed last year by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office against Zig Stag and its owner, Shawn Stagnolia, was settled in court last week.

According to an agreed consent judgment entry and order filed by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley, it was found Stagnolia and his business violated the state’s consumer protection laws by selling synthetic controlled substances represented as novelty sachet and potpourri products. Those products also failed to disclose a full list of ingredients they contained.

According to the entry, it also was found Zig Stag and Stagnolia participated in the commission of the offense of trafficking in drugs, thereby creating a public nuisance.

The lawsuit was filed by the Attorney General’s Office after the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit conducted undercover investigations at Zig Stag, 20 E. Market St., between November 2012 and March 2013. A search warrant that was executed by law enforcement in February 2013 unveiled numerous containers of K2, green vegetation, a digital scale and a marijuana pipe.

The shop closed following eviction proceedings initiated by Husky Enterprises, the building’s owner.

Last month, Stagnolia was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to drug and tax-related charges stemming from the investigation and search warrant.

According to Kelbley’s judgment entry and order, Stagnolia has been permanently barred from soliciting or selling potpourri products, incense products or synthetic controlled substances. He also has been permanently barred from owning or operating a business similar to Zig Stag, and anyone else with interest in continuing to operate the business is permanently barred from violating the Consumer Sales Protection Act.

Kelbley also ordered Stagnolia to pay $25,000 to the State Attorney General’s Office, but because of Stagnolia’s inability to pay, the order was suspended.