WEST PALM BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com via PBSO) — Based on complaints from citizens, the PBSO Narcotics Division conducted a three month undercover investigation of the Hidden Treasure Smoke Shop located at 4457 Purdy Lane, West Palm Beach. Undercover agents purchased a number of products sold by the business. All of the products were tested by PBSO’s Chemistry Unit. A chemist report revealed that some of the products contained components of the above-described Schedule I synthetic cannabinoids.
Based on this investigation, arrest warrants were obtained for the owner of Hidden Treasure, W/F Monica Lee DOB: 8/08/74 and an employee of Hidden Treasure, W/F Hope Shipley DOB: 8/21/84. Lee is charged with 1 count of unlawful possession of property for sale of a controlled substance and 1 count of sale of a controlled substance. Shipley is charged with 3 counts of sale of a controlled substance. All charges are felonies.
On March 1, 2011 the following synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants were placed into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act:
· 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-018)
· 1-[2-(4-morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-200)
· 5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (CP-47,497)
· 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole (JWH-073)
· 5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3-hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol; CP-47,497 C8 homologue)
· Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV)
This action was based on a finding that the placement of these synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the CSA was necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety. As a result of this order, the full effect of the CSA and its implementing regulations including criminal, civil and administrative penalties, sanctions and regulatory controls of Schedule I substances were imposed on the manufacture, distribution, possession, importation, and exportation of these synthetic cannabinoids.
These synthetic cannabinoids are commonly sold at “head shops” and convenience stores under brand names such as “Spice”, “Bath Salts”, “Spice Gold,” “Spice Tropical,” “Spice Diamond” “K2”, “Herbal Incense”, “Mr. Nice Guy”, and “Herbal Potpourri” among others.
PBSO strongly encourages those outlets that are still currently offering these products for sale to immediately stop these sales and properly dispose of their current inventory of such products. As the investigation into these sales by the Narcotics is on-going, those outlets that chose to continue selling these products face the risk of being arrested on felony charges.
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