Authorities seize $30,000 worth of synthetic marijuana

Wilmington | Law enforcement officers seized about $30,000 worth of illegal synthetic marijuana Thursday at a Wilmington smoke shop, according to a Wilmington Police Department news release.

The bust, at the Northern Lights Smoke Shop at 4710-D Market Street, is thought to be the largest such seizure of the drug to-date in the Port City region, according to the release.

No charges in connection to the seizure have been filed, the release said.

Officers with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the WPD found more than 1,400 packets of the substance, known commonly as spice, after serving a search warrant at the shop Thursday afternoon. The spice was packaged for sale in 1-gram portions for about $20 per pack. Investigators also seized about $2,000 in cash from the shop, the release said.

The effects of the drug, which was banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Association in 2011, mimic that of marijuana.

The investigation is ongoing, the release said.


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