Falls Church City Police Investigate Arabica Tobacco Shop, Seize Suspected K2 Spice

10:33 AM, Jul 7, 2011   |    comments
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- An investigation continues after Falls Church City Police seized 1,700 packets of suspected "fake pot" from the Arabica Tobacco Shop in June.

Police say the substance, also known as K2 Spice, is a "psychoactive herbal and chemical product which when consumed mimics the effects of cannabis, a hemp plant."

It became illegal in Virginia to possess, sell, or distribute synthetic cannabis on March 23 and violating the law could bring charges ranging from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Police say the investigation began after they received complaints the shop was allegedly selling "illegal merchandise."  Officers also seized 86 bags of evidence with drug paraphernalia.

The owner and manager of the shop were present during the search and is cooperating with police, but no arrests have been made at this time.

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