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Law enforcement cracks down on spice sales

Search Warrant served for spice
Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-12 14:23:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Synthetic marijuana also known as spice is supposed to be off store the shelves. They were banned a year ago by the state, but some businesses are still selling them.

"Anywhere that spice is being sold against the rules that have been set by the legislature, a search warrant can be served against them," said David Northway.

Officers obtained a warrant to enter into both the Timesaver and Bill's Mini Mart after learning they had spice hidden behind the counters.

Though no one was arrested and charges are still pending, the question many ask is just how will law enforcement keep stores from selling it.

"You'll have to have go through a process and do an investigative background on the store," said Northway.

Officer David Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department tells us they can't discuss the specifics of their investigations but every case will vary and if an arrest is made a state attorney can prosecute

Florida attorney general has also played a major role in getting these drugs off the streets.

"Inform the public as well as anyone who may be caring these substances to let them know them know that they're illegal now and they need to take them off store shelves," said Jenn Meale.

The attorney general's spokeperson says the drugs can cause seizures and hallucinations and are often times marketed towards kids," said Jenn Meal, Spokeperson.

"She encourages parents to educate themselves about these synthetic drugs and to talk to your kids about how dangerous these drugs are and the need to stay away from them," said Meale.