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Last updated on Friday, January 18, 2013
(BEDFORD) - The Lawrence County Drug Task Force served several warrants at area businesses Thursday night.
According to Bedford Police Chief Dennis Parsley not much information can be released at this time about the investigation.
The Task Force took items believed to be the illegal drug Spice from Vibe, 1137 16th St., Marathon, 2504 16th St., Hoosier Pete, 2729 Mitchell Road and the Clark Station at Ind. 37 and Ind. 60 West in Mitchell.
"This is an on-going investigation and yes we served several warrants at area businesses," Parsley says. "But at the request of the Prosecutor's Office we are not able to release any information at this time."
Parsley did confirm that officers were looking for the drug Spice.
Just before Christmas, the Lawrence County Police Department arrested Sukhjinder Singh, 34, 1360 21st St., Bedford, on a warrant for dealing in a synthetic drug; possession of a synthetic drug, maintaining a common nuisance.
According to a probable cause affidavit for the arrest warrant, Singh, manager of D&S Country Store in Huron, was selling synthetic drugs out of the trunk of his car.
According to the court document, police watched Singh as he turned off the store's lights and went to his vehicle.
During the course of about 30 minutes, two vehicles pulled up and completed purchases.
Singh then drove away from the store. Police saw him speeding on U.S. 50 and pulled him over.
During the traffic stop, a police dog was brought in and indicated drugs were in the car, according to the document.
Police found several packages of what proved, after lab testing, to be synthetic drugs.
The names on the items included Black Magic Smoke, Night Train, Down 2 Earth Climax and Mad Hatter.
"Spice" or "K2"or synthetic marijuana, is sold in shops and online as incense, it is being smoked as an alternative to marijuana. They are also known by the street names: Ivory Wave, White Lightning, Blaze, Smoke, Incense, Potpourri, Plant Food, Nitro and Red Wave,
Spice is made up of herbal material sprayed with a synthetic form of marijuana. The drug is intensely popular with adolescents. In fact, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that Spice is second only to marijuana in popularity with teens.
Spice tends to have a rapid onset, causing symptoms to arise in just 30 minutes. Those symptoms can last for up to eight hours.
Reactions vary dramatically, depending on the ingredients in the Spice packet they took and cause serious side effects and even death.
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