Almost 12 pounds of synthetic marijuana was seized from the convenience store at the corner of Second Street and Chapman, thanks to the 8-month long investigation by the Pleasanton Police Department.
The seizure included several packets with assorted names such as Scooby Snax, Dead Man Walking, Kush, King Kong, Klimax, Mardi Gras and 7H.
Just what is synthetic marijuana? Plants and/ or herbs are treated with a chemical substance that mimics the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in the marijuana plant. They affect the body in a similar manner but the substance does not show up in the bloodstream as marijuana.
“It is obvious they are marketed towards youth. Look at the names – Scooby Snax, Mardi Gras, King Kong. They sound harmless, but they pose a great physical danger to our area youth. The packets are bright and colorful and visually appealing to the young purchaser. We are asking parents to be extra vigilant. Bottom line, these products are dangerous,” said Chief Ronald Sanchez.
According to Sanchez, these substances were banned in 2012.
Sanchez cited a recent investigation by the Del Rio Police Department was prompted from the near death of two high school students who ingested synthetic cannabinoids. Parents should be aware of this popular drug that is easily available to youths.
“The distributors of these products are telling unsuspecting store owners that these products are legal to sell. They are not. We want area store owners to know that we will not allow the sale of such products in our city,” warned Sanchez.
The business was closed and arrest warrants have been issued. Lt. Noe Rodriguez led the investigation. Sanchez commented, “None of this would have been possible without his hard work.”