Joint Law Enforcement Effort Nets
Synthetics & Paraphernalia
June 13, 2013
On June 11, 2013 at approximately 9:55am a multi-agency search warrant was served at 1020 South Magnolia Drive, Bills Mini Mart and at the Timesaver located at 1104 Old Bainbridge Road. Both search warrants were intended to locate evidence of the sale of synthetic narcotics, commonly known as “spice.” Beginning in January 2011, the State of Florida began to outlaw various types of synthetic cannabinoids. Between the actions of the Attorney General and the State of Florida Legislature, nearly all synthetic cannabinoids have been made illegal to possess and sell in the state of Florida.
These search warrants were a served by several agencies all working together to eradicate the illegal sales of synthetic cannabinoids. Members of the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Division of Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco and the Florida Department of Financial Services all utilized their resources to serve these search warrants.
In total the search warrants yielded approximately 200 packages of synthetic cannabinoids and over 2000 pieces of drug paraphernalia. Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones said “Attorney General Bondi has made the sale of these dangerous drugs illegal in Florida and I will work with our law enforcement partners to protect the unsuspecting citizen who is led to believe they are safe for consumption.”
Attorney General Pam Bondi works closely with the participating agencies, saying "I applaud the agencies involved in this Tallahassee operation for sweeping area stores and removing dangerous synthetic drugs from the community. We will remain steadfast in our efforts to protect Floridians, especially our youth, from these horrible drugs."
Leon County Sherriff Larry Campbell said, “We applaud the Attorney General for pressing this issue and providing law enforcement with the tools necessary to combat these illegal synthetic drug operations. To the people in this community who sell these illegal drugs, you can rest assured we are coming. It may not be today or tomorrow, but we are coming for you.”
Officer David Northway, Tallahassee Police Department, (850) 891-4255; or Lt. James McQuaig, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, (850) 922-0732