Mobile County’s Narcotics Captain says spice, or synthetic marijuana, is more potent than ever and continues to infiltrate Mobile County’s neighborhoods.
“Now you are getting substances that will just literally stop you in your tracks and kill you,” said Captain Razzie Smith.
This alert comes just a few days after Dr. Trey Simms, who works emergency medicine at Spring-hill Hospital, tells FOX10 News he has seen 4 to 5 severe cases per day in the last two weeks alone; many of those patients going into a ‘hallucinogenic rage’ after ingesting the drugs.
Smith says, despite getting major suppliers off the street, spice is still growing trend among teens and young adults.
“I’m surprised there isn’t 4-5 deaths a day,” said Smith.
Smith says even the way spice is packaged is changing.
” Now we are catching a lot of people that are not selling it in the packages. They buy the packages, open them up and put them in plastic baggies and sell it,” said Smith.
Smith says when law enforcement arrests a supplier, the drug is sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for analysis.
” The case can’t be presented to the grand jury unless we have an analysis,” said Smith.
Smith says getting the results back can take up to a year or more.
” If you talk about the final finding of guilt in a courtroom that might be 2-3 years down the road….and during that time they are back out there selling,” said Smith.
FOX10 News will continue to follow the latest developments on the spice “outbreak” in Mobile County.