June 11, 2013 9:59:40 AM
Sarah Fowler - [email protected]
Almost $70,000 worth of synthetic marijuana, commonly known as "spice," has been taken off the streets of Columbus.
Agents with the Lowndes County Narcotics Division have recently confiscated two packages filled with the illegal substance.
Commander Bobby Grimes said agents have intercepted the packages in the last few weeks. Grimes said the spice was shipped to a local address under a fictitious name.
Sold under the brand name "Scooby Snax", the spice comes in various flavors such as "weed" "kush" "strawberry" and "blueberry." A total of 700 packages of Scooby Snax, contained in 10-gram packs, were discovered in one shipment. The original retail value of a pack is $33. Another 1,200 five-gram packages were taken in the second shipment and retail for $19.95 per pack. Since the substance has been ruled illegal by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the former retail value of the drug is lower than current street value. While the shipment retails for just over $47,000, agents estimated street value at least $70,000.
Grimes said the investigation is ongoing and arrests are expected.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.