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Hancock businesses raided in ‘spice’ bust
By Geoff Belcher
Mar 29, 2013, 16:55

The Hancock County Narcotics Division on Friday seized thousands of packages of "spice" from two local merchants, Sheriff Ricky Adam said. At around 1:30 p.m. Friday, "after an undercover operation, The Hancock County Narcotics Division executed search warrants at A&E Tobacco (2080 Highway 90 Bay St. Louis) and Herbal Alternatives (2410 McLaurin St. Waveland)," Adam said in a press release. "The search warrants led to the seizure of several hundred packs of 'spice' from A&E and and several thousand from Herbal Alternatives. Samples from the seizures will be sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab for analysis."
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The Hancock County Narcotics Division on Friday seized thousands of packages of "spice" from two local merchants, Sheriff Ricky Adam said.
At around 1:30 p.m. Friday, "after an undercover operation, The Hancock County Narcotics Division executed search warrants at A&E Tobacco (2080 Highway 90 Bay St. Louis) and Herbal Alternatives (2410 McLaurin St. Waveland)," Adam said in a press release. "The search warrants led to the seizure of several hundred packs of 'spice' from A&E and and several thousand from Herbal Alternatives. Samples from the seizures will be sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab for analysis."
No arrests were made, Adam said: "At this time there are no  charges, pending crime lab results."
Calls to both A&E Tobacco and Herbal Alternatives went unreturned before press time Friday.
Adam said the operation was part of his department's on-going efforts to seize synthetic marijuana and other intoxicants which the Mississippi Legislature outlawed last July.
Many people buy those types products and smoke them because they mimic the effects of marijuana, Adam said recently. The products also do not show up on drug tests for marijuana; however, some companies have begun testing for synthetic substances.
In the past few years, spice products have become increasingly popular, especially among teens and young adults.
It has also become increasingly dangerous. Adam said there have been dozens of cases in the past two years where people have gotten sick and -- in some cases -- almost died because of ingesting Spice.
"In just the last several days, the sheriff’s office has responded to two overdose-type cases involving juveniles smoking 'spice,' more particularly the brand Sky Scraper," Adam said. "As an administration, we are taking a hard stance against 'spice' by enforcing the laws we currently can and by working with our legislators to pass new and better laws.
" We would ask anyone with information on stores selling 'spice' or clandestine labs like the one in Diamondhead manufacturing 'spice' to please contact the Hancock County Narcotics Division at 466-6904 with that information."

Editor's note: A&E Tobacco is not affiliated with A&E Electrical Services & Parts, Inc., owned by Roger Estopinal, Jr.















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