Photos: Spice raids address health crisis caused by "synthetic marijuana," spokesman says

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Some of the items displayed at the indictment-announcement press conference, from Fox31 coverage.
Last month's Spice bust in Loveland, in which a business owner and two employees were arrested for peddling a substance colloquially known as synthetic marijuana (even though it has little in common with cannabis), got plenty of attention. But the operation pales in comparison to a nationwide series of raids and arrests conducted by assorted federal, state and local agencies as coordinated by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado.

Continue for details, including documents from the feds and the Colorado Attorney General, photos from the DEA and comments from a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman who makes frequent mention of the "health crisis" created by the use of products prominently stamped with the phrase "Not for human consumption."

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Courtesy of the DEA
The federal indictment focuses in part on Daniel Bernier, whose business was alternately known as The Really Cool Stuff Company and Heart of Asia. He's said to have overseen the importation of Spice to Florida, where it was sprayed with a green vegetable substance, presumably intended to make the assorted chemicals look more like cannabis. In addition, wholesaler Donald Creager III allegedly oversaw shipment of the products to assorted retail outlets in Colorado.

Not that Florida and Colorado were the only two states targeted. The eight-month investigation also reached into Georgia, Alaska, Illinois, Texas, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Nevada, and there were plenty of raids and busts to go around.

Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Colorado, provides some background.

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Courtesy of the DEA
"The U.S. Attorney's Office has been focused on Spice for some time," he says. "We had a prosecution of a distributor of spice a little over a year ago, and as that prosecution was concluding, the public health crisis over Spice began -- and as the U.S. Attorney saw the severity of the crisis, he assigned one of his prosecutors to assemble a team to address it."

The prosecutor found "that there were many different agencies already engaged in a variety of different actions," Dorschner continues. "It just wasn't coordinated. So we brought everybody to the table to find out the best way to respond."

Continue for more about the nationwide Spice raids, including additional photos and documents.



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16 comments
Marie Corbett
Marie Corbett

The government always finds away into that people 's pockets

Lincoln Fox
Lincoln Fox

Nasty chemicals! If your using this shit just kill yourself now and stop prolonging your chemical driven death

Forrest Calhoun
Forrest Calhoun

Oh and they do have tests for it now A Chris Heismann. There has been tests for it for a while now.

Forrest Calhoun
Forrest Calhoun

Its made from demenia or however it is spelled. The mayans used the leaves as a anti anxiety medication. Little did they know it was cyanide getting them high. It is now synthesized. So it's pretty much artificial cyanide. I did a report on this in high school. Horrible horrible drug. I cant smoke weed currently but I refuse to use that shit. Good for them to pay attention to it now.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

From everything I've read, it sounds like the "spice" market is really being driven by the fact there are no drug tests for it yet. Maybe it's time to move beyond things that test for what someone did on their vacation two weeks ago, and start concentrating on tests that determine if they're sober at the moment.

Kev Markis
Kev Markis

Yeah, it's not so much synthetic weed as it is a dried out bush with chemicals sprayed on it.

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Maybe because it's poisoning people and truly harmful.

Damon Medina
Damon Medina

It's the fake stuff that's killing people with those chemicals and shit they put in it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you really have NO IDEA what you're yammering about, do you moron?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... it is usually Damiana leaf with Synthetic Cannabinoids sprayed on it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so you're a prohibitionist ... except for YOUR personal drugs of choice.


Noted.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... Just Legalize It !!

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