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Temple man arrested for possessing, intending to distribute 'spice'

POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 10:55pm

A Temple man was arrested on Wednesday as a part of an investigation into a synthetic drug possession case.

Taimoor Mushtag Cheema, 38, reportedly possessed "spice", a synthetic drug, and intended to distribute it.

The investigation began more than a month ago when more than 30-thousand dollars worth of synthetic marijuana and paraphernalia used to ingest it was been seized in Temple.

On Friday, February 1 around noon, Agents from the Temple Police Special Investigations Unit and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration conducted a federal narcotics search warrant at "Smoke Bazaar”, located at 403 Van Dyke Drive. During the execution of the warrant, the agents located and seized 299 packages of synthetic marijuana or “K2 / spice”. The retail value of the illegal narcotic is $11,975.

Agents also seized all paraphernalia located in the shop which could be used to ingest the illegal substance. The seized paraphernalia has a value of over $20,000.

Police spokesman, Christopher Wilcox, says synthetic marijuana was made illegal last year.

"Some people were and are claiming to be unaware that the possession, use, or sale of it is actual a violation of both state and federal law. This is our first seizure of this size of that type substance," said Wilcox.

No arrests were made at the scene and the case is being referred to the United States Attorney in Waco.

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