3 Pasco County businesses targeted in spice crackdown

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - With information supplied by confidential sources, Pasco County detectives targeted three businesses where they were able to make multiple purchase of the synthetic drug known as 'Spice,' according to a sheriff's statement.

Dubbed "Operation Consequence," investigators began focusing on the businesses in late January.

They include:

• SUPER K - 12838 US 19, Hudson
• MOBIL - 7011 Massachusetts Ave, New Port Richey
• BOOST MOBILE - 3448 Grand Blvd, Holiday

According to the release, multiple purchases of synthetic drugs were made at the locations. The packaging names include Platinum, AK47, Insane, LOL, Bomb Marley, California Dreams, and Mad Hatter.

Samples were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab in Tampa where a cannabinoid known as "XLR11" was detected, which is now considered a controlled substance under Florida law.

According to the release, "Detectives were able to obtain search warrants for the locations listed above and developed probable cause for the arrest of (4) defendants involved in the sale and possession of synthetic drugs..."

The statement followed a Tuesday morning media briefing by Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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