According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, a search warrant executed at a Colorado Springs smoke shop led to the seizure of synthetic marijuana -- also known as spice -- and currency on Monday.
The Metro 40s Street Impact Team conducted multiple undercover purchases of suspected synthetic cannabanoids from one of the employees of the B Street Smoke Shop, the department reported. The El Paso County Sheriff's Department SWAT team then executed a search warrant that led to the seizure of 69.28 grams of what police believe is synthetic marijuana, as well as $578 in U.S. currency.
Police arrested the staff member suspected of selling synthetic marijuana at the smoke shop. 56-year-old Cynthia Sinclair was booked into the Criminal Justice Center. She faces felony charges.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the term spice refers to a variety of herbal mixtures that can produce mind-altering effects similar to that of marijuana. Due to the high potential of dependency and the lack of medical benefit, the Drug Enforcement Administration has designated five of the most popular chemicals used in Spice as controlled substances that are illegal to sell, buy or possess. Spice can also cause a rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation and hallucinations, the institute reported.