Central Texas stores among those targeted in synthetic pot busts by Feds
American-Statesman Staff – June 26, 2013 – Six people were arrested in Austin and Round Rock following a series of searches across Central Texas and nationwide in an effort to decrease the distribution of synthetic marijuana, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman told reporters Wednesday in a press conference.
Officials said they seized more than 1,800 grams of “Kilmax Potpurri,” more than 1,900 grams of “Kush” and about 400 grams of “Scooby Snax.” Authorities say “Spice” or “K2” — often marketed as herbal incense, tobacco, bath salts or potpourri — is a psychoactive designer drug made of natural, non-controlled herbs, treated with chemicals to imitate the qualities of pot. Its harmful side effects can include elevated blood pressure, rapid heart rates, seizures and blackouts.
Authorities seized 1.5 tons of the drug, worth between $3 to $5 million under conservative estimates. The defendants are facing charges of possession with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids.
One of the most recent properties seized for the sale of synthetic marijuana occurred late last month, according to court records. Montopolis Grocery in the 1200 block of Montopolis Drive was searched, and the owner of Kash Tabacco in Austin was arrested following surveillance by federal law enforcement agents, the records say.