DEA Seizes 300,000 Packs of Synthetic Dope in TX 7/26/12
July 26, 2012
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Federal agents say more than 300,000 packets of synthetic marijuana, known as "spice" have been seized and 10 persons arrested in Texas as part of a countrywide sweep on processors and distributors of synthetic drugs.
Joseph Arabit heads the El Paso sector of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He says 49 search warrants were executed and 5,600 packs of synthetic marijuana were seized in El Paso. In Houston and South Texas, 47 search warrants were served and more than 300,000 packets and about $1 million seized.
Spice is an herbal product sprayed with a synthetic compound that mimics marijuana's effects. Arabit says product packaging and names suggest they were marketed to minors.
The DEA says 90 people nationwide were arrested and more than 5 million packets seized in 109 cities.