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Etowah Co. authorities investigate new designer drug

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AB-Pinaca (Source: Karen Church/ WBRC) AB-Pinaca (Source: Karen Church/ WBRC)
(L-R) Ricky Laxton and Mary Mooney.( Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office) (L-R) Ricky Laxton and Mary Mooney.( Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office)
Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin (Source: Karen Church/ WBRC) Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin (Source: Karen Church/ WBRC)
ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Authorities in Alabama have recovered about $100,000 worth of a new designer drug.

It's so new, the Drug Enforcement Administration is still trying to classify the substance. The Etowah Sheriff's office refers to it as AB-Pinaca.

Officials say the drug is a white powder used to make synthetic drugs called "spice." It causes paranoia, hallucinations, renal, lung and circulatory failure after using it one time.

Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin calls the new drug a pubilc health emergency.

"Drug is so dangerous, the drug, in and of itself, is so dangerous it has killed people across the country. It's sealed in bags, and any time they handle it, they wear equipment where appropriate," Entrekin said.

Authorities say about four pounds of the drug was manufactured in China and shipped to a home in Etowah County.

Twenty-six-year-old Ricky Laxton and 20-year-old Mary Mooney were arrested at a house on Liberty Hill Road Smith Institute Community on charges of trafficking AB-Pinaca.

Officers found two kilos of AB-Pinaca and two handguns. Both are detained in Etowah County Detention Center on bonds of $150,000 cash each.

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