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Traffic stop nets 300 pounds of Spice

  1. Balzafire
    View attachment 16187 BILOXI — A police officer conducting a traffic stop Thursday found 300 pounds of Spice, K-2 and other products containing synthetic cannabinoids with an estimated street value of more than $4 million, narcotics investigator Aldon Helmert said.

    The products, which mimic marijuana, have been banned in nine states and in many areas of South Mississippi, including Biloxi.

    The find drew the attention of federal agents who enforce a ban that prohibits the import and sale of herbal incense sprayed with a compound known as JWH-018. K-2 is one of the products known to contain that compound.

    Local agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have joined the investigation.

    Helmert said police officer Doug DeGeorge stopped a Hyundai Sonata because it was drifting into another lane of Interstate 10 near mile marker 44. The officer saw a small amount of Spice, one of many brand names for the fake pot, in plain view and searched the vehicle, Helmert said.

    Police seized 137,000 individual packets or jars that weigh a gram each.

    The driver, Hasan Zaben, 31, is from Baton Rouge. A law to ban the products in Louisiana goes into effect Saturday.

    Possession of the banned products in Biloxi is a misdemeanor.

    Police arrested Zaben on a charge of possession and a careless driving violation. Municipal Judge Eugene Henry set bond at $2,000.

    Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010


  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Can anyone find more definite information on this ban?
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