Hillsborough Deputies Raid 3 Smoke Shops in Search of 'Spice'

On July 30, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office raided three smoke shops, which yielded about one pound of synthetic marijuana “Spice” and two arrests, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

According to deputies, an investigation into the illegal sale of Spice is what led them to obtain search warrants on three businesses located near Waters Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway.

The deputies seized 361 grams of synthetic marijuana from Angel’s Smoke Shop, located at 4040 W. Waters Ave. and they arrested D. Rodriguez, 35. Rodriguez is charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Rodriguez was released from Hillsborough County jail on July 31 after posting $6,000 bail.

Deputies seized 409 grams worth of drugs from Angel’s Vapor World located at 4002 W. Waters Ave. They arrested P. Muise, 47, on one count of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

Muise was released on July 31 after posting $17,000 bail.

In the third case, deputies seized 89 grams from Oak Tree Smoke located in the 3900 block of W. Waters Ave., however, they did not list any arrests.

What Synthetic Marijuana is Made Of

On the streets, synthetic marijuana “Spice” is sold by many names including K2, fake weed, Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie, Zohai, Yucatan Fire, Skunk and Moon Rocks. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Spice is a mix of shredded plant material (herbs) and manmade chemicals, which produce mind-altering effects.

Spice is called synthetic marijuana because its effects can be similar, but very different and much stronger than marijuana. Manufacturers of Spice often label it “not for human consumption” and disguise it as incense.

Due to the fact that Spice has no medical use and a high potential for abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the active chemicals found in Spice illegal. The five active chemicals frequently found in Spice have been designated as Schedule I controlled substances, which makes it illegal to buy, sell, or possess Spice.

According to the NIDA, Spice mixtures have been easy to purchase at head shops and gas stations and over the Internet.

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