Cops Seize Bath Salts, Synthetic Pot at Hartford Gas Stations

Police seized synthetic pot, bath salts, counterfeit clothing and untaxed cigarettes when narcotic units raided two City Gas stations on Tuesday.

Arrest warrants were issued for people associated with the two gas stations on 1510 Albany Ave and 10 White Street.

Three employees were taken into custody at the scene.

Mohammed Shaheen, 51, of New Britain, Shiraj Mohammed, 50, of Newington, and Ahmed Mustak, 32, of Hartford all face charges of counterfeit stamps/labels, possession of hallucinogenics and intent to sell.

Photo credit: Hartford Police

Detectives were able to find 37 packs of synthetic marijuana and 1022 grams of bath salts hidden in the ceiling tiles of one of the businesses. Police also obtained 663 counterfeit knit winter hats with team logos embroidered on, a large amount of untaxed tobacco products and $28,187.

Earlier in the day, police said they were investigating a possible break-in at the Gas City on Albany Avenue. Police said the businesses were closed down but someone had burglarized one of them by forced entry. The burglary investigation is ongoing.

Examining new NYC bill that willl ban sales of K2

Mayor de Blasio is taking a major step towards keeping synthetic marijuana off the streets.

On Tuesday, he signed a bill that bans the sale of the dangerous drug also known as “K2” or “Spice.”

Over the summer alone, 2,000 people were admitted to the ER after using the drug, bringing the total close to 45,000 hospital cases for the year.

Will this new bill finally get K2 off the streets, or will it just cause a higher demand?

Councilwoman of the 16th District, Vanessa Gibson and CEO of Chemical Dependency Services Warren Zysman join us in the studio.

Spice, bath salts seized during raid at 12 locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale

PHOENIX — Federal investigators raided 12 locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix in a huge drug bust involving Spice and bath salts on Monday.
Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with various state and local law enforcement agencies executed search warrants at six private residences, five retail stores, including Camelback Liquors at 20th Avenue and Camelback Road, and a warehouse near 23rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard where much of the illegal drug was manufactured, stored and distributed.
Authorities seized more than 20,000 units of synthetic cannabinoids, often marketed as Spice and K2. They also seized 50 pounds of bulk Spice ready for retail packaging, more than 3 kilograms of raw chemicals, more than $385,000 in cash and in bank accounts, four vehicles and five firearms.
DEA spokeswoman Ramona Sanchez said the amount taken from Camelback Liquors is comparable to that taken from most of the other retail locations.

“We have confiscated approximately 600 units from this liquor store,” she said. “Each unit can run anywhere from up to $20 each.”
Since April, the DEA had been investigating an extensive drug organization responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of synthetic drugs based in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Prior to the takedown, DEA and participating agencies had already seized 33 kilograms of Spice and several raw chemicals to produce an additional 110 kilograms of cannabinoids.
The designer drugs are colorful and extremely dangerous, bringing in big bucks to often give users an unsteady high.
Sold in legitimate-looking packaging, these insidious substances are marketed with benign and catchy titles like Spice, Blaze, Vanilla Sky and incense, according to Sanchez. She said many of these products come with a disclaimer that they are “not for human consumption” to mask the dangers they pose.
“These chemicals can be just as dangerous as those in more traditional drugs like cocaine, methamphetamine,” Sanchez said.
In 2010, poison centers nationwide responded to about 3,200 calls related to synthetic Spice and bath salts. In 2011, that number jumped to more than 13,000 calls.

Sanchez said while there were no arrests made, the investigation into illegal designer drugs in the Valley is ongoing.
“We have struck another blow to the synthetic designer drug industry, from manufacturers and distributors to retailers,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman. “DEA and our partners have seized large quantities of these dangerous substances and ill-gotten assets. We will continue to target these new and emerging drugs with every investigative tool at our disposal and bring to justice those who peddle these poisons and harm our society.”

Synthetic drug operation seized

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say more than 20,000 units and 50 pounds of the synthetic drug known as Spice or K2 has been seized in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

It was the second statewide synthetic drug investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Also seized was more than $385,000, five vehicles and multiple firearms after authorities executed a dozen search warrants Monday.

Authorities have been investigating the manufacturing and distribution operation of dangerous cannabinoids since April 2012.

The synthetic compound activates some of the same receptors in the body stimulated by cannabis.

The warrants were served at locations including a manufacturing warehouse, five retail outlets and multiple homes in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The Phoenix, Scottsdale and Gilbert police departments and their SWAT units assisted in the investigation with the DEA.

$100K worth of Spice seized in Osage Beach bust

Osage Beach — Five Osage Beach men are in custody following the seizure of an estimated $100,000 in Spice, three firearms and $1,800 in cash on Oct. 28.
A search warrant executed in the 6000 block of Shadow Circle in Osage Beach Sunday resulted in the bust of a synthetic cannabinoid laboratory, according to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
Narcotics investigators from the sheriff’s office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group subsequently arrested Micah P. Schlicht, 20; Zacharia J. Anderson, 22; William P. Dismang Jr., 23; Jorey T. Anderson, 19; and Chadwick J. Schlicht, 42.
All five are being charged with the Class B Felony of Manufacture and Production of a Controlled Substance. Bond for each man has been set at $50,000 cash.
The suspects are currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility.

Herbal Incense Spice Bust

Burlington and Mebane police executed warrants to search the Purple Peddler, which has a location on North Church Street in Burlington and North Fifth Street in Mebane.

By By Roselee Papandrea/Times-News
Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 20:06 PM.
A business that sells tobacco products and incense was raided by police this week in both its Burlington and Mebane store locations and five people were charged for selling synthetic marijuana.

Burlington Police Department’s Community Crime Abatement Team started investigating the Purple Peddler at 1325 N. Church St. in Burlington six months ago after receiving several complaints, according to a Burlington Police Department news release. Mebane police joined the investigation because the store also has a location at 204 N. Fifth St. in Mebane.

“During this investigation, officers have purchased synthetic marijuana from the Purple Peddler at both locations from the owner and multiple employees,” the release states.

On Tuesday at about 1:57 p.m., Burlington police executed a warrant to search the store on North Church Street while Mebane police executed a similar warrant to search the North Fifth Street store. Burlington police seized more than 1,200 packages of bath salts, synthetic marijuana, marijuana, currency and more than 3,000 items of drug paraphernalia, including smoking devices and scales.

Elon, Elon University Campus and Graham police departments assisted with the investigation.

The store’s owner, Edward D. Robeson II, 57, of Elva Lane, Chapel Hill, was charged by Burlington police with two counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver synthetic cannabinoid, two counts sell/deliver synthetic cannabinoid, sell synthetic cannabinoid, conspiracy to sell synthetic cannabinoid, three counts felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substances, possession of marijuana up to half an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple worthless check.

According to warrants, on Oct. 1 and Oct. 5, Robeson sold synthetic cannabinoid to a detective and maintained a store on North Church Street in Burlington to sell synthetic cannabinoid. Between May 10 and Oct. 4, Robeson allegedly possessed with intent to sell and deliver 12.2 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, conspired with George Lafern Robeson to sell synthetic cannabinoid, kept and maintained a store at 204C N. Fifth St., Mebane to sell synthetic cannabinoid and sold synthetic cannabinoid to a detective.

On Oct. 9, 2012, Robeson allegedly possessed 771 grams of synthetic cannabinoid and an estimated 1,000 glass smoking devices. Warrants also state that on Aug. 6, 2004, Robeson wrote a worthless check in the amount of $425 to Sykes Industrial Truck Repair. Edward Robeson was placed under $30,000 bond.

George Lafern Robeson, 56, of N.C. 54, Graham, was charged by Mebane police with possession with intent to sell and deliver synthetic cannabinoid, conspiracy to sell synthetic cannabinoid, felony maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance and selling synthetic cannabinoid.

According to warrants, Robeson possessed with intent to sell and deliver 12.2 grams of synthetic cannabinoid, sold it to detectives from May 10 to Oct. 4 and conspired with Edward Robeson to sell synthetic cannabinoid. Warrants also state George Robeson kept and maintained the store in Mebane to keep and sell synthetic cannabinoid from May 10 to Oct. 4. He was placed under $30,000 bond.

In addition, Jordan Michael Colapietro, 22, of Bent Oak Drive, Snow Camp, was charged by Burlington police with five counts of sell/deliver synthetic cannabinoid. According to warrants, Colapietro sold synthetic cannabinoid to detectives on May 3, May 30, Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. He was placed under $5,000 bond.

Frederick Jacob Pickard, 20, of Sherwood Drive, Burlington, was charged Tuesday, Oct. 9 by the Burlington Police Department with sell/deliver synthetic cannabinoid. According to warrants, Pickard sold synthetic cannabinoid to a detective on June 27. His was placed under $2,500 bond.

Mark Christopher Boyd, 21, of Burlington, was charged with three counts of sell and deliver a synthetic cannabinoid. He was placed under $1,000 bond.

In November 2010, the Times-News did a report on synthetic marijuana, which was legal to sell at the time and was sold under a variety of names, including “K2” “Spice,” “Head Funk,” “Genie,” “Yucatan Fire,” “Lion’s Tail” and “Smoke.”

At the time, the Purple Peddler sold K2 and Head Funk in the tobacco section of the store. At the time, Robeson told the Times-News he sold it because his customers asked for it.

In June 2011, a law went into effect in North Carolina that made it illegal to sell synthetic marijuana.

According to the Purple Peddler’s Facebook page, the store was open as usual Wednesday.

“It’s business as usual at the Purple Peddler — 1 little raid isn’t enough to stop this family owned and operated business — stay tuned for more info,” the Facebook status said. The page has 530 likes.

Kaua‘i police busts Lihu‘e smoke shop

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i Police Department seized numerous illegal substances and drug paraphernalia from a retailer on Monday in Lihu‘e, according to county officials.

Following a four-month investigation, KPD served a search warrant to owners of Dream Electronics Cigarette shop around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Two officers from the state’s Narcotics Enforcement Division were on hand for support, states a county press release.

The officers seized synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic ecstasy and synthetic cocaine in addition to several bongs, smoking pipes and other drug paraphernalia.

“Sophisticated marketing tactics have led to the increased use of these illegal substances among children, and most parents would never suspect some of these products to be illegal,” KPD Assistant Chief Roy Asher said in the release. “As parents, guardians and role models to our youth, it is important that we are aware of what is happening in and around our home so that we can take the necessary steps to prevent drug abuse.”

The investigation into this incident remains ongoing at this time.

Police are alerting the community that Monday’s bust is an indication that synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic stimulants and similar products may be present and to be on the look-out. These and other products are commonly targeted to youth and found in tobacco shops or on the Internet.

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “Spice” or “K2,” is a mixture of herbs and spices and is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana.

Synthetic stimulants, commonly referred to as “bath salts,” mimic the effects of cocaine and can be sold in a powder form or in tablet or capsule form.

“Being that these are ‘synthetic’ drugs, people get a false sense of security that they are legal and safe and that’s simply not the case,” Asher said. “These products lead to the same adverse health effects as the drugs they mimic, such as anxiety, seizures, hallucinations, paranoid behavior and non-responsiveness.”

Calls to the Dream Electronics Cigarette shop in Lihu‘e, O‘ahu and the Mainland office went unanswered at press time.

The Drug Enforcement Administration reports a significant increase in the use of these substances in recent years.

Synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants are now designated as Schedule 1 substances under the Controlled Substance Act, thereby making the distribution, marketing or possession of such products illegal unless authorized by law.

Locally, KPD works closely with Life’s Choices Kaua‘i, formerly the Anti-Drug Office, in helping to combat alcohol and drug abuse among our keiki.

Hearing set for 2 charged in Voodoo Willy’s spice bust

A hearing is set for one of two people arrested during a spice bust in Madison County.

Synthetic marijuana seized from ‘smoke hut’
It happened earlier in October at Voodoo Willy’s Smoke Hut on Highway 72 East in Madison County. Deputies said they confiscated about 30 packs of spice from the store.

The store’s owner, Ronald Young, is charged in this case, along with the employee who was on duty when it happened.

That employee, Shawn Francis, will appear in court October 17.


(SARALAND, Ala.) – A man from Bay Minette was busted in Saraland for allegedly having synthetic marijuana.

Thirty-one-year-old Bradley Peek was arrested Wednesday. Investigators say they found synthetic marijuana, marijuana and a pipe used for smoking on Peek.

He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and possession of drug

2 held for import of ‘Spice’ drug

ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court on Monday looked into two cases of importing and possessing a narcotic material known as Spice.

In the first case, an Asian national was charged with importing the material for the purpose of trafficking and consumption, while in the other case an Arab national was charged with importing the drug for consumption.

The Asian was arrested after he received a consignment of the drugs through a shipment and 16 bags of the drug were seized.

The Arab suspect was arrested the same way but with 8 packets of the drug was seized. The court decided to postpone the case to Oct.21 based on the request for a lawye.