Police confiscate $25K in ‘spice’ from Spider Bite

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Confiscated spice from Spider Bite, a piercing and tattoo shop on Elm Street.
Confiscated spice from Spider Bite, a piercing and tattoo shop on Elm Street.

 

In a joint effort between the Manchester Police Department Special Enforcement Division, New Hampshire State Police Narcotics Investigations Unit and the United Stated Drug Enforcement Administration, authorities were able to seize over $25,000 worth of spice from a Manchester business.

Police say the six-month investigation was underway before the 50-plus spice-related overdoses in August, and is that the investigation is ongoing.

IMG_5612Controlled buys of spice products were made at two Spider Bite locations, 179 Elm Street and 435 Elm Street. After the controlled buys were complete, multiple brands of spice were tested for synthetic cannabinoids. Certain cannabinoids are listed as Schedule 1 drugs, making them illegal.

Police say a portion of the confiscated spice tested positive for illegal substances at both Spider Bite locations, so investigators applied for and were granted search warrants. Upon executing the search warrants, investigators located and seized more than 11 pounds of the spice, also referred to as synthetic marijuana.

The street value is believed to be in excess of $25,000. They also seized approximately $14,000 in United States currency.

Jon Thomas, owner of Spider Bite, was not charged for selling spice, which are packaged as incense or potpourri. Police say Thomas continued selling the product and allegedly had customers sign waivers before buying the products. Police say the waivers may have been in direct response to the State of Emergency declared by Gov. Maggie Hassan on Aug. 13, 2014.

Overall, the investigation includes hundreds of field work hours, investigative work hours and dedication by members of each of the respective agencies, and police say it has reduced the number of overdoses and emergency calls in the city.

About Carol Robidoux 5550 Articles
Journalist and editor of ManchesterInkLink.com, a hyperlocal news and information site for Manchester, NH.
  • B.P

    The people banning the spice are so full of shit i smoked spice for 3 years strong before quiting and i have never ever seen an overdose or even heard of one besides what they sell you on national tv( BULLSHIT)..i hate to say it but these law enforcement cats are just pissed off because people found a LEGAL smoke instead of burning weed which equals ARRESTS and now there is no revenue coming into the system…then you people allow it to go on and on and on until you feel thats enough and then what are they doing, taking thousands of dollars of peoples hard earned money right along with there LEGAL products….shame on the law enforcement agencies…you are all CROOKS…SMOKE THE SHIT BEFORE YOU TALK SHIT OR MAYBE LEGALIZE THE SWEET GREEN LEAF that most smoke anyway like judges, law enforcement lawyers and more then half the globe…oh and shame on you NEW HAMSHIRE…STOP POPPING PEOPLE FOR A SEED OR A ROACH IN THE ASHTRAY AND START FOCUSING ON THE REAL issues AT HAND….shame on you all