"SPICE" - The Drug People Are Dying For

What Is Synthetic Marijuana — Spice or K2?

Synthetic marijuana refers to a mixture of herbs, incense, and other leafy materials that are sprayed with a chemical that mimics the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Many people believe "Spice" to be a safe and non-toxic substitute for marijuana. However, Spice can be more dangerous than marijuana because its chemicals are three to five times more potent than the THC found in marijuana.
Moreover, a number of medical reports contain stern warnings about the substance. What many people don't know about "Spice" is that the side effects can be very bad, even resulting in death.

What Are the Side Effects?

Some of the most commonly reported side effects of K2 are:
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Temporary paralysis of motor skills
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Uncontrollable Sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Manic rage
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Stroke
  • Death
Some users have reported that they had suicidal thoughts after using K2, but had not felt suicidal in any way before using the drug. One teenager explained that it felt like his heart was pounding so hard he thought it would explode. Five teenagers from Cleveland reported abdominal, back, and flank pain after smoking synthetic marijuana. They were hospitalized and required dialysis treatments even though they had shown no prior health problems. Thankfully, all involved began to show signs of recovery within three days.
Because the drug is so new, there is no research on the longterm of effects of "Spice" use, such as whether it can cause cancer or damage memory. Some reports suggest that the substance may contain heavy metals, which can cause longterm health damage.

Spice: A Bad Trip

If the above list of side effects hasn't convinced you that Spice can be an incredibly unpleasant drug, then I would urge you to check out the video below where you can see someone experiencing a range of unpleasant side effects.
WARNING: the video contains explicit language and its contents may be disturbing, so watch at your own discretion.


Is Spice Legal?

Often sold under the brand name of K2 or Spice, synthetic marijuana used to be easily purchased from gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops, or online brokers. As of 2010, several states including North Carolina, Illinois, Ohio, California, New York, Pennsyvania, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas have passed statewide bans on synthetic cannabinoids.
in 2012 President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, which prohibited those substances at the federal level. However, because these laws prohibit specific compounds, manufacturers have responded by altering the composition of their product to evade the prohibitions.

Is It Worth the Risk?

Studies have found that the side effects of Spice can be harmful and even deadly in some cases. The Gateway Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Treatment out of Illinois says that Spice and K2 have extremely harmful side effects and that teens and adults should avoid them altogether.
Smoking Spice may cause a relaxed mellow sensation or extreme psychological anxiety and physical suffering. The high that these substances produce is very inconsistent for the users because the chemical mixture and potency can vary from package to package. Even users smoking from the same package can have radically different reactions. As such, it is difficult to predict what possible side effect Spice will have on an individual user.
Moreover, there hasn't been sufficient research done on Spice to definitively identify its harmful consequences. While scientists know Spice is harmful - based on the rise of emergency room visits and calls to poison control centers by people who've ingested Spice - they can't yet tell you how it's bad for you.
John W. Huffman, a chemist at Clemson University, and inventor of the first synthetic cannabinoids, declared that "It is like Russian roulette to use these drugs." He went on to say that “Their effects in humans have not been studied and they could very well have toxic effects. They absolutely should not be used as recreational drugs.”

Treatment Options for Spice Addiction

Support Groups. 12-step programs have a long track record of helping people recover from all sorts of addictions. 

Marijuana Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous would be great places to start.

Talk to your family or friends. If you have a trusted friend and family member you can turn, he or she could put you in touch with a counselor or help you make plans for treatment if you're unable to do it yourself. Most importantly, knowing that someone is there for you and loves you can be an enormous benefit. Most addicts feel shame, so the more people we can tell, the less shame we'll feel and the easier it will be to get the help we need.
Talk to your family doctor. Even if your physician isn't familiar with Spice addiction per se, she should be able to help you locate a specialist and can potentially refer you for mental health counseling.

Call an Addiction helpline. Counselors in the field are becoming increasingly familiar with Spice and have received training in its effects. Calling a helpline and talking to an addiction specialist can be a safe way to get the help and support you need.

Carolina Trace Resident - Latest Arrest For Drug Investigation



Late yesterday afternoon a month long investigation into a mid-level Heroin trafficking supplier located in Lee County came to an end.

The investigation conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of investigations, United States DEA, United States Homeland Security and the Sanford Police Department, lead to the arrest of Rene Omar Anderson age 57 of 1802 Irish Boulevard Sanford NC, 27330.

Anderson, a resident of the Carolina Trace Community, was arrested and charged with 2 counts of trafficking Heroin by possession, 2 counts of trafficking Heroin by sell, 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Heroin, one count sell and deliver Heroin, 5 counts of felony maintaining a dwelling place for the storage of controlled substance and 3 counts of drug paraphernalia. Anderson was jailed under a $425,000.00 secured bond.     

Joint Operation Nets Fifteen Arrests and Much More

A year long investigation into a high level cocaine and crystal methamphetamine trafficking organization conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, and assisted by the North Carolina State Bureau of investigations, United States DEA, United States Homeland Security and the Sanford Police Department, lead to the arrest of 15 individuals.

Of these individuals, seven were local Lee County residents and the remaining lived outside our county and/or were arrested outside of the state of North Carolina.

During the course of this investigation agents were able to seize approximately 9 3/4 kilos of powder form cocaine, one half a kilo of crack form cocaine, and 11 1/2  kilos of crystal form Methamphetamines.

The combined street values of the seized narcotics totals $3.4 million. Agents were also able to locate and seize nearly $450,000.00 in U.S. currency as well as numerous personal assets.  

Due to the nature of this investigation, names of the suspects arrested and details will be released at a later time.  Further arrests are also expected.

Halloween Safety Tips



Soon our streets will be scattered with little ghosts, goblins, and witches trick-or-treating this Halloween.  Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common sense practices can keep events safer and more fun. 

The Sheriff reminds all Lee County residents to follow these safety tips:
Motorists:
·         Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.
·         Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
·         Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
·         At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Parents:
·         Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.
·         Check the sex offender registry at sexoffender.ncdoj.gov/ when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route.  You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.
·         Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow.  Know the names of older children's companions.
·         Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.
·         Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.
·         Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.
·         Establish a return time.
·         Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home.
·         Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.
·         All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.
·         Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group. 
 
Costume Design:
  • Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.
  • Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.
  • Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.
  • If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

Face Design:
  • Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child's vision.  Use facial make-up instead.
  • When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic." Follow manufacturer's instruction for application.
  • If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.

Accessories:
  • Knives, swords, and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials.  Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.
  • Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.
  • Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

While Trick-or-Treating:
  • Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
  • Walk; do not run, from house to house.  Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.
  • Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
  • Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.

Treats:
  • Give children an early meal before going out.
  • Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
  • Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.
  • Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color, or texture.

Homeowners/Decorations:
  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.
  • Keep candles and Jack O' Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire. 
  • Do not leave your house unattended.

Two Arrested for Drugs



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On Friday October 17, 2014 the Lee County Sheriff’s Office accompanied by North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations CLAN Lab Response Team and Sanford Police Select Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at 555 Key Rd. Sanford, NC 27331. 

      North Carolina State agents along with Lee County Narcotics agents found components indicative of a meth lab.  Herbert Clayton Moretz age 81 of 555 Key Rd. was charged with felony maintaining a dwelling place, felony maintaining a vehicle that was resorted for the use of controlled substance, felony accessory after the fact and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

      Eddie Bird age 34 of 6831 Old Jefferson Davis Hwy. Sanford, NC 27331 was also arrested in connection to the meth lab.  Bird has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamines and three counts of possession of precursor chemicals.  

     Moretz is being held in the Lee County Jail under a $75,000.00 dollar secure bond.  Bird is also being held in the Lee County Jail under a   $60,000.00 dollar secure bond.  Bird was also served with outstanding warrants for probation violation, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Birds bond was raised to $136,000.00 dollar secure bond.   

And That's Why They Call It Dope....



On Wednesday October 1, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Joshua Wayne Miller age 23 of 325 Badders Road Sanford NC, 27330. Miller was charged with 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of felony maintaining a vehicle for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances and 2 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Miller was jailed under a $35,000.00 secured bond.

On Wednesday October 1, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Andrae Darnell Gray age 24 of 424 Oakwood Avenue Sanford NC, 27330. Gray was charged with 2 counts of trafficking Opium by possession, 2 counts of trafficking Opium by sell, I count trafficking Opium by transportation, 1 count of felony maintaining a vehicle for unlawfully keeping and selling controlled substances, and 1 count of Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Gray was also charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, sell and deliver Marijuana and possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Sunday October 5, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Levar Traveil Cole age 37 of 511 Pineland Street Sanford, NC, 27330. Cole was charged with possession with the intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, sell and deliver Marijuana, sell controlled substance within 1000ft of a park, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Cole was jailed under a $80,000.00 secured bond.

On Tuesday October 7, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Christine Frank Nowell age 58 of Willow Oak Drive Sanford NC, 27330. Nowell was charged with reckless driving and resisting a public officer. Nowell was jailed under a $1000.00 secured bond.

On Tuesday October 14, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested David James Maddox age 22 of 2811 Lower Moncure Road Sanford NC, 27330. Maddox was arrested on two outstanding warrants for possession of Marijuana up to ½ ounce and failure to pay fines. Maddox was also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest. Maddox was jailed under a $475.00 cash bond.

On Tuesday October 14, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kino Laverne Wooten age 42 of 108 B Milton Avenue, Broadway NC, 27505. Wooten was charged with 2 counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of sell and deliver Cocaine, 2 counts of Felony maintaining a vehicle for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances. Agents located Wooten in the PVA of the Piggly Wiggly located at 300 North Main Street. At the time of arrest Wooten was found in possession of 6 dosage units of Crack form Cocaine. Lee County Sheriff’s Office agents also executed a search warrant on the Wooten’s residence and located 7 dosage units of Alprazolam. While at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and before entering the Lee County Jail agents located two small bags of (crack) Cocaine hidden on Wooten’s person. Wooten was also charged with 2 additional counts of possession with the intent to sell and deliver Crack Cocaine, 1 count of possession with intent to sell and deliver Marijuana, 1 count of Felony maintaining a vehicle for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances. He was also charged with 1 count of Felony maintaining a dwelling for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances. Possession with the intent to sell and deliver Alprazolam and Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Wooten was also charged with non-assaultive Misdemeanor child abuse. Wooten was jailed under a $55,000.00 secured bond.

On Wednesday October 15, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Kendra Jean Kottcamp age 35 of 2006 Colon Road, Sanford NC, 27330. Kottcamp was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver Suboxone, misdemeanor possession spice, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Kottcamp was jailed under a $70,000.00 secured bond.

On Thursday 16, 2014 Lee County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics agents arrested Earl Lenzy Redwine age 64 of 419 Charlotte Avenue Sanford NC, 27330. Redwine was arrested for 1 count of possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, sell and deliver cocaine and Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Redwine was jailed under a $2500.00 secured bond.