Synthetic Marijuana Sales
The Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) served three (3) search warrants at convenience stores in Monmouth and Dallas on 8-2-2011. The search warrants were the result of an investigation into the illegal sale of synthetic cannabinoids otherwise known as Spice, K2 or fake weed. These substances are a mixture of herbs, incents and synthetic blends of compounds of Tetrahydrocannabinoids (THC). The U.S. Drug Administration has restricted five (5) compounds of synthetic cannabinoids. In October of 2010 the Oregon Board of Pharmacy placed all synthetic blends of cannabinoids into Schedule I controlled substances, similar to Heroin and Methamphetamine, making it a felony to possess and sell any type of synthetic cannabinoid in Oregon.
Notice was provided to store owners and the change in schedule was well publicized. POINT received a complaint through the Monmouth Police Department of illegal sales taking place at the Monmouth Market and Deli. Based on that complaint, POINT set up an operation to attempt to purchase the illegal substance at all convenience stores in Polk County. They were successful in purchasing synthetic cannabinoids in the following three stores:
- Monmouth Market and Deli, 417 Main Street E, Monmouth
- Neighborhood Market and Deli, 173 Pacific Avenue S, Monmouth
- Dallas Fuel and Food Mart, 430 S Main Street, Dallas
No other convenience stores in Polk County carried the stock and several stated that the substance was illegal to sell. The search warrants allowed investigators to seize the on-hand stock of illegal substances from the convenience stores and interview store owners in regard to the source of the materials. Other items seized included pipes specifically designed for the use of Methamphetamine, which were stored behind the front counter out of sight, lab reports and receipts of purchases. The investigation into the source supplier(s) continues as of this date.
No immediate arrests were made. POINT intends to report their findings to the Polk County District Attorney’s Office for their review.Synthetic Marijuana Sales The Polk Interagency Narcotics Team (POINT) served three (3) search warrants at convenience stores in Monmouth and Dallas on 8-2-2011. The search warrants were the ]]>