2 women ar­rested for mak­ing syn­thetic pot

The Covington News - - Local News - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Thou­sands of bags of syn­thetic marijuana were seized from a home on Trelawney Place Mon­day, and two women were ar­rested, charged with pos­ses­sion.

Fol­low­ing up on in­for­ma­tion that there was pos­si­ble drug ac­tiv­ity go­ing on in the home, in­ves­ti­ga­tors, along with the Drug En­force­ment Agency found that syn­thetic marijuana was be­ing made and dis­trib­uted from the home.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, as well as DEA agents, seized 3,000 small bags of syn­thetic marijuana from the home. The DEA will be an­a­lyz­ing it in or­der to de- termine if ad­di­tional charges will be brought against Jas­mine Re­nee Bevins, 24, and Heather Ditha Mad­dox, 24, who were both ini­tially charged with pos­ses­sion of marijuana, ob­struc­tion and pos­ses­sion of drug-re­lated items.

Al­though syn­thetic marijuana is le­gal in some states, Ge­or­gia is not one of them, ac­cord­ing NCSO Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Cort­ney Mor­ri­son. In 2010, Ge­or­gia banned syn­thetic marijuana, but the man­u­fac­tur­ers then changed the for­mula in or­der to get around that ban. In March of this year, Gover­nor Nathan Deal went back and signed a law stat­ing that all forms of syn­thetic marijuana

were il­le­gal.

The il­le­gal­ity of it comes not from the nat­u­ral herbs them­selves, but from a syn­thetic chem­i­cal that is sprayed on the herbs that is sup­posed to mimic the high of marijuana. The in­gre­di­ents used to make the spray are what makes it il­le­gal, since they are con­sid­ered Sched­ule I nar­cotics.

“Il­le­gal man­u­fac­tured syn­thetic marijuana is be­com­ing a very se­ri­ous con­cern to law en­force­ment and cit­i­zens alike,” said Sher­iff Ezell Brown. “The Sher­iff’s Of­fice is tak­ing a zero tol­er­ance stance against this crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in an ef­fort to bet­ter the qual­ity of life for the cit­i­zens of New­ton County.”

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