Rochester police confiscate $10K in synthetic marijuana
The Rochester Police Department came away with nearly two pounds of synthetic cannabis following the execution of a search warrant on Thursday.
The drugs were confiscated from a home in the 100 block of 16th Street SE.
Antonia Johnson, 21, faces several charges including second-degree sales of a controlled substance. Police said she was the only person at the home when officers arrived.
However, authorities believes others were involved in the operation.
With an estimated street value of $14/gram, the synthetic marijuana is worth more than $11,000. Officers also found small amounts of heroin and real pot.
Synthetic cannabis is considered far more dangerous than a marijuana plant because of its unpredictability and intense, genetically-engineered psychoactive ingredients.
There has been a recent nationwide spike of emergency room visits from the use of the synthetic version, often labeled as "Spice" or "K2."
Learn more about the drug from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
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