Milton business owners arrested for synthetics sales


JohnsonThe owners of two specialty “Smoke Shops” in Milton were arrested last week after they were found to be in possession of and sale of “Spice” or “bath salts” after the new state legislative ban.


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Michael Johnson, 37, owner of Stackhouse Records was arrested on six separate warrants after undercover officers made numerous purchases from his establishment since January. The suspected bath salts, sold under the pretenses of “Watch Cleaner,” were named “Role-X.” It was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for chemical analysis and found to contain Flouroamphetamine, a controlled substance commonly found in “Bath Salts.”

“Spice” was sold under the pretenses of “Herbal Incense” under names such as “Baby Breath” and “Red Hot Poker.” It was sent to FDLE for chemical analysis and was found to contain illegal compounds commonly found in “Spice.”

Johnson also was charged with one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance for a small amount of “Spice” that was located in his establishment during a search warrant on April 3. Johnson was charged with three counts of Sale of Amphetamine, eight counts of Sale of a Hallucinogen, one count of Sale of a Synthetic Narcotic, and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was being held at the Santa Rosa County Jail with no bond.

Rachael Hartsell, 31, owner of Showcase Smoke Shop, was arrested on a warrant stemming from a search warrant executed at her establishment on April 3. During that search warrant, Hartsell was found to be in possession over 1,000 packages of “Spice.”

There were 16 different brands being sold. A sample of each was sent to FDLE for chemical analysis and they were all found to contain chemicals which are controlled, or illegal to sell or possess.

Hartsell was arrested on 16 counts of Possession of an Illicit Substance with the Intent to Sell. Hartsell also was arrested on a warrant stemming from a sale of “Spice” to an undercover officer, on March 28. During that transaction, the undercover officer was able to purchase a package of “Mad Hatter,” which is sold under the pretenses of “potpourri.” This also contained controlled substances.

Hartsell was arrested and released on a $85,000 bond.

 

Sheriff Wendell Hall said undercover purchases are still taking place and will continue until the activity stops.

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