Nearly $20 million of "Spice" seized in Ala. case

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A whopping $19.5 million worth of synthetic marijuana is off the streets after Alabama ABC Enforcement Agents and Loxley PD (Baldwin County) seized 200 boxes now banned substance.

A local trucking company reported the suspicious boxes to Loxley police, who then notified ABC agents. With a search warrant in hand, agents moved in to search the boxes.

In total, more than 4,360 pounds of material used to make Spice were uncovered. Authorities say that comes to nearly 2 million grams with each gram worth approximately $10.

"This action demonstrates our commitment to keeping our state safe from these and other new and emerging drugs that have decimated families, ruined lives, and caused havoc in communities across the state." Says Captain Hal Taylor, "These chemicals pose a direct and significant threat, regardless of how they are marketed; we will aggressively pursue those who attempt to manufacture and sale this product."

The State of Alabama moved all the chemicals that are used in the production of "Spice" to a list of controlled substances. It's now illegal to have, make or transport the material.

Over the past several months, there has been a growing use of, and interest in, synthetic stimulants, marketed under the name as "Spice" labeled, marketed and distributed as incense, potpourri and a variety of other things, ABC officials said.

The products are comprised of a class of chemicals perceived as mimics of cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or methamphetamine.

Side effects include impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes.

Officials say the long-term physical and psychological effects of use are unknown but potentially severe.