MOUNT PLEASANT (KYTX)- Mount Pleasant Police and Titus County Sheriff Narcotic Criminal Investigations Units conducted a joint narcotics investigation at the "Mt. Pleasant Donuts" restaurant located at 507 W. Ferguson St.
The police department received a tip that synthetic cannabinoids were being sold from the location during business hours. The restaurant, which primarily sells breakfast sandwiches, pastries and drinks, had been investigated for several months as detectives made undercover buys of the illegal substance from the two business owners.
Lab results identified a chemical in the substances purchased, which was identified under the Health and Safety Code as a Schedule-1 controlled substance. Under state law the possession of this chemical is a Class-A misdemeanor violation.
Synthetic cannabinoids or synthetic marijuana is a designer drug in which herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in naturally grown marijuana plants.
Synthetic marijuana, also known by the name of "Spice" or "K2" first became available in the U.S. around 2008. It was frequently marketed as incense in colorful three-ounce pouches and labeled "not for human consumption". Spice or K2 became increasingly popular with high school students and young adults because it was legally obtainable from convenience stores, smoke shops, and online until July 2012 when a national ban was enacted against the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.
Popular belief from some adults and teens is that synthetic marijuana is safe, non-toxic, and elicits a psychoactive (mind-altering) effect similar to regular marijuana. Reports have identified serious toxicities that occur with use of synthetic marijuana requiring some users to have emergency room treatment. Emerging evidence shows a wide range of responses to the drug, including paranoia, aggressive behavior, anxiety, memory loss, and cancer development. The chemicals synthesized for the production of synthetic pot can be more potent than natural THC found in marijuana, and may have more dangerous side effects.
Synthetic marijuana is ingested in a similar manner to cannabis, either smoked alone in a joint or other device, such as a pipe or a bong, or rolled into a joint with tobacco or natural marijuana.
Both search and arrest warrants were obtained for the location and owners. Law Enforcement officials entered the location at around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning executing the search warrant and arrested 27-year-old Anna Heng from Lone Star. A search of the business found monies related to narcotic transactions and illegal synthetic cannabinoids,