Federal agents target "spice" makers in Colorado drug raid
Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 01:22
May 8 - Officials say ''spice'' triggers extreme hallucinations, prompting some users to try ''to cut off their own heads.'' Deborah Gembara reports.
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Federal agents raided this warehouse in Denver as part of a massive crackdown on synthetic drugs --- specifically something known as "Spice."
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) U.S. ATTORNEY JOHN WALSH SAYING:
"Spice is a synthetic substance that claims to produce a marijuana-like high, but it's important for people to be fooled by that claim of a legal high. Spice which is known by many names, some of them pretty colorful like "Crazy Clown" is simply not legal. It isn't legal under federal law. It is not legal under state law, and it is very much unsafe. As I mentioned, over 200 Coloradans ended up in emergency rooms as a result of buying this often from convenience stores or other retail outlets where they perceived it was a legal sale."
According to court records, "spice" or synthetic marijuana can be as much as 800 times stronger than marijuana. It can also trigger extreme hallucinations.
SOUNDBITE: GEORGE BRAUCHLER, 18TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYING:
"The things we've seen grow out of use of this is people trying to cut their own heads off, people trying to set themselves on fire, people doing harm to others."
Authorities say 221 Colorado residents became extremely sick from use of spice during a month-long outbreak in September of last year.
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