19.5 Million Dollar Synthetic Weed Bust
State law enforcement says it has made a huge bust of illegal designer drugs being transported through our area. The synthetic marijuana is also known on the street as “k2″ or “spice” was outlawed in Alabama last month. As of October 24, it is illegal to possess or sell the drug.
The investigation started at a Loxley warehouse on Thursday night. More than 4,000 pounds of what investigators say is the raw material for spice was seized at the warehouse. There were two trucks on site. One was loading, the other was off loading.
Investigators showed off what was seized at a news conference in Montgomery Monday.
“That’s just the raw material. That doesn’t include over 200 cases, labels, packaging sealer and a recipe book,” said Captain Hal Taylor with the ABC Board.
It’s a recipe for synthetic marijuana that not even the drug dogs that were sent out could identify. A problem for law enforcement and a reason those who make the stuff are getting away.
“The trouble is you have to be real careful they can turn around and change the chemical compound if you enumerate only the chemicals and go right back on the market with something similar, ” said Mac Gipson , Director at the ABC Board.
It’s believed this isn’t the first time the loading and off loading of the raw stuff has happened in Loxley. Investigators say whoever owned the product, hired a local Alabama trucking company to transport the spice and on this occasion it was a trucking employee who called police. The fake pot came from and was headed back to Florida.
“We have not made arrests at this point, but I don’t doubt we will be making them in the future, ” said Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon.
It’s estimated the street value of the seizure is $19.5 million.