Sacto 9-1-1
August 2, 2012
Shops quit selling stimulant after visit by Redding police

Store owners have voluntarily taken a stimulant named "Spice" off their shelves after visits from Redding police.

Patrol officers have recently noticed people on Redding streets who are under the influence of "Spice." Symptoms include hallucination, vomiting, confusion and loss of consciousness.

To stem the use of the stimulant, officers went to 11 shops in Redding that specialize in smoking paraphernalia on July 11. They told shopkeepers that it is against the law to sell the synthetic stimulant known on the street as "Spice" or "K-2."

Four of the shops were found to be selling various brands of Spice, according to a police press release. The store employees and owners agreed to stop the sales of the substances.

To be sure sales have ceased, a young undercover agent working for the police department was sent back into the stores Wednesday night in an attempt to buy Spice. Cashiers at all four stores refused to sell the substance.

Redding police followed up by thanking the stores for their compliance.

Police said selling the synthetic stimulant is a misdemeanor and is punishable by six months jail time or a fine of up to $1,000 - or both.

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