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Last updated on Friday, February 24, 2012
(TERRE HAUTE)(WTHI) - Two men face charges after a months-long investigation into the sale of a substance commonly known as spice, used as an alternative to marijuana.
Mohammad Sharif Yakubhaj Vahora, 39, and Ashraf Yakubhaj Vahor, 31, were arrested Thursday after an 8-month investigation of a Terre Haute gas station.
Investigators seized products at the Midwest gas station on South Third Street in August 2011. Tests revealed the compounds being sold did violate current state law, and the two men were subsequently arrested.
The substance known as spice or K2 is usually marked as not for public consumption, and sellers often purport it is to be used as incense. However, state lawmakers have been trying to craft the law in such a way as to keep such products off the shelves, because they can cause illness when smoked as an alternative to marijuana. Those who make such products have been able to skirt the law by changing the formulations slightly.
The latest attempt at toughening the law is currently under consideration in the Statehouse.
Both men arrested Thursday face charges of dealing in salvia or synthetic cannibinoid, dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance, all Class D felonies.
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