Manchester man found guilty on spice charges

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Heath Palmer

MANCHESTER, N.H. – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Heath Palmer, 39, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court last week to possessing a synthetic cannabinoid product with intent to distribute.

Synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as “spice,” are designer drugs created by spraying chemicals onto plant substances.

Manchester Police claimed that Palmer was selling these substances on April 18, 2019 in a hand-to-hand sale from a car. Palmer disputed that the substance he sold contained any illegal substances, but the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory confirmed the presence of 5F-MDMB-PICA, a synthetic cannabinoid.

Palmer is scheduled to be sentenced on January 22, 2020.

Palmer was also arrested in 2015 on unrelated charges.