FOX10 News has been closely following the latest on spice developments in Mobile.
The Mobile Police Department has been seeing a large uptick in spice-related emergencies. In an exclusive interview with FOX10 News, Mobile Police Lieutenant Randy Jackson, in charge of narcotics, said the drug is affecting everyone.
Lt. Jackson said he and his men are seeing more and more ‘mojo’ – as it is called on the streets – and the type they are seeing more recently is far more dangerous than when FOX10 News first saw this uptick just a few weeks ago.
“Most of what you’re going to find is illegal,” said Jackson. “No age ranges, no racial boundaries, there’s no what side of town you’re from. It’s crossed all barriers.”
In fact, it has become worse in the past two months. When the uptick in spice-use occurred a few weeks ago, Lt. Jackson said a drug called AB-Chminaca was detected. Recently, a more-potent drug known as AB-Fubinaca was found. Jackson said MPD tests show it is more dangerous – ten-fold – than its predecessor.
“It’s not by brand. It’s coming up in every different type of brand. These people go to these shops and stores and buy what they think is manufactured somewhere. There is no real manufactured plant for this stuff. So it’s totally unregulated. When people are making this in a homemade version, they’re putting anything they can put on it,” said Jackson.
Anything…including roach spray.
“Right now roach spray is being applied and the problem is: first off, it’s roach spray. And it’s doing to humans just what it does to the insect,” said Jackson.
Lt. Jackson said the whole idea behind the drug was to give a type of sensation similar to marijuana. That is why it is called ‘synthetic marijuana.’ In reality, it is much worse.
When it comes to educating those who do not know about it, Virigina Guy at the Drug Education Council in Mobile said the organization is constantly educating students in schools…even with just a few weeks left…and will continue into next year.
“With drug education, we are continuing to watch what’s out there because we don’t want to educate children to be better drug abusers, but we want them to know the harm in the chemicals out there that they might be exposed to and have an opportunity to try and we are seeing some horrific things that are happening with these kids that are experimenting with these dangerous substances,” said Guy.
FOX10 News reached out to the Mobile County Public School system about drug policies. No comment was given.