A Thursday police raid of an apartment in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York turned up over 1,000 packets of synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2. Officers also confiscated seven 9mm cartridges, three bags of cocaine, 31 Clonazepam tablets, and a variety of packaging that they found at the scene.
Cotton Ball, Incredible Hulk, and Smacked are some of the counterfeit cannabis varieties that officers found during the raid.
Police officers executed a search warrant at 1769 Park Place on Thursday morning and arrested four individuals in the apartment.
The arrested suspects Carlos Alvarez-40, Pablo Morales-29, Jessica Rodriguez-31, and Jamie Harrison 19 are facing charges of “criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful manufacture, distribution or sale of a synthetic cannabinoid.”
The raid and arrests are part of an effort by the NYPD and the New York City Department of Health to raise awareness about the dangers of fake cannabis and crack down on those who make and sell it. Recent surges in overdoses from the drug have prompted officials to take action and address the problem.
Between May 19 and May 21, there were eighty-four visits to emergency rooms as a result of K2 overdoses, the most reported in the city in a three-day period since July 2016