SOMERSWORTH — A search warrant executed at a local business by the Somersworth Police Department in conjunction with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in the seizure of over 2,100 units of synthetic marijuana along with records that indicate sales of over 15 pounds of the bath salt "Amped."
According to a press release issued by Captain David Kretschmar of the Somersworth Police Department, the search warrant, which was executed on July 25 at the Somersworth Village Market on 35 Washington Street, is part of an investigation into the sale and distribution of synthetic cathinoids (bath salts) and synthetic cannibinoids (synthetic marijuana) in the area.
As a result of Wednesday's search warrant, records indicating the sales of these items were seized by law enforcement officials. A preliminary examination of these records indicate that from mid January to May 1 the Village Market received and sold over 15 pounds of the bath salt "Amped."
The 2,100 units of synthetic marijuana seized Wednesday are estimated to have a total value in excess of $34,000. These synthetic marijuana products will be analyzed by DEA chemists. No timeline has been given for when this stage of the process will be complete.
Also as a part of this investigation, which began as early as February of 2011, investigators from the U.S. Postal Service intercepted two packages on May 4, 2012 destined for the Village Market. A search warrant later obtained by the Somersworth Police Department revealed the packages contained 2,100 units of "Amped."
According to the press release, profits from the packages seized on May 4 would have been in excess of $65,000.
Although no arrests have been made thus far, the investigation is continuing and arrests are expected.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
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