MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile County narcotics investigators are revealing new details about an undercover ‘Spice’ bust that was caught-on-camera, exclusively by FOX10 News.
Detectives executed three arrest warrants on Tuesday, October 29 for possession and trafficking synthetic marijuana.
Brothers Bao and Twan Hoang as well as Twan’s wife, Phyc Nguyen were arrested and charged in the case.
In the same week, authorities said they also arrested local businessman Harshabahi Patel, who deputies say was using convenience stores as a front to sell synthetic marijuana.
Investigators tell FOX10 they confiscated 95-thousand dollars in cash and 7 thousand packets of ‘Spice’ from Patel.
Both separate cases, officials say, are small examples of how serious local law enforcement is taking this dangerous chemical cocktail, known as ‘Spice.’
“Its relatively cheap for them to make,” said Mobile County Sgt. Joe Mahoney. “They’re selling it in increments from a 15 dollar bag to a 50 dollar bag.”
Narcotics Unit Commander Rassie Smith said, “The drug that they sell is absolute poison. It destroys your body. It destroys your kidneys. It causes seizures -- reality breaks.”
Investigators said they would purchase up to 500 grams of ‘Spice’ from the convenience stores on numerous occasions.
The Hoang brothers were working at the Quick Country Stop stores on Old Pascagoula road and also Theodore-Dawes road in Theodore.
Investigators said a customer alerted them of the illegal activity.
Authorities encourage anyone with information about drug fronts to contact the Sheriffs Office.
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