Wednesday, August 1, 2012
LITH PD Makes First Area Bust For Synthetic Marijuana
Director of Police and Public Safety Jim Wales said investigators, acting on tips from parents that Modi was selling synthetic pot to their kids, seized 63 packages of "incense" at his store May 25. Plant material doused with chemical variations of THC, the intoxicating compound in pot, or more powerful psychoactive drugs, has been illegal in Illinois since 2010 but legislators had to update the list last year as bootleg chemists developed new not-yet-illegal compounds. Wales said tests at the Rockford State Crime Lab showed the stuff Modi kept in a shoebox under the counter had been laced with one of the chemicals now on the State's list of prohibited substances and obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Modi posted $1,000 against $10,000 bail and was released Wales said. If convicted he could face one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
LITH Police have conducted info sessions for retailers, an educational meeting for parents and three inspections sweeps so far to stem the sale and use of synthetic marijuana. "We're going to do whatever we can do to eliminate this stuff from our village," Wales said.
In the pic: (above) LITH PD said investigators found synthetic marijuana under the counter at this smoke shop. (below) Owner Elesh D. Modi, charged with Unlawful Possession.