Is Spice or K2 making a comeback?
The drug was popular about 10 years ago but you haven’t heard about it much recently. That is, until the last 2 weeks, when Pennsylvania State Police busted 2 men with it on their person during traffic stops.
K2 Arrests in Schuylkill County
According to information from State Police in Schuylkill Haven, the first discovery happened back on Sept. 30 in Norwegian Twp.
Police pulled over 40-year-old Jose Gonzalez, of Port Carbon, for a traffic violation. Gonzalez told police he was driving with a suspended license and that he was wanted on warrants from Berks County.
The outgoing suspect also told police he had a bowl and some K2 under the driver’s seat of his 2007 Pontiac G5.
Police picked him up on the Berks County warrant, information released by PSP indicates and charges are pending for drug possession, though no court documents have been filed.
In another, more recent incident, State Police in Haven say they approached 41-year-old Ryan Ganter, of Schuylkill Haven, at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 near Manheim Rd. and Route 61 in North Manheim Twp.
During their “mere encounter” with Ganter, police say they saw a bag of what they believed was K2 on the passenger seat of his 2005 Mazda.
Police say their investigation into this incident is ongoing.
K2 Still a Threat
Despite not really hearing about K2 or Spice for a while doesn’t mean it’s not still out there. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, makers of these synthetic cannabinoid products are side-stepping laws against buying some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of K2 by changing their formulas.
These chemicals are sprayed onto plant materials and people generally smoke it like they do weed.
NIDA says K2 is addictive and can lead to a rapid heart rate, vomiting, violent behavior and suicidal thoughts.
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