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Westlake, Parma Police Seize $900K Worth of Snythetic Marijuana, Bath Salts

Also confiscated: $430,000 in cash.

Parma and Westlake police worked in conjunction to seize more than $900,000 in synthetic marijuana and bath salts. The drugs were taken in Westlake and North Olmsted on March 21 after a multi-month investigation.

Parma Police Detective Marty Compton, Parma police spokesman, said the investigation also resulted in police confiscating more the $430,000 in cash.

Few additional details were available.

“There isn’t much more to say since this is an ongoing investigation,” Compton said.

It marks one of the largest seizures, ever, in Northeast Ohio.

Police seized more than 61,000 containers of the synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or "Spice."

The drug has become increasingly popular and can result in a fast heart beat, dangerously elevated blood pressure, pale skin and vomiting. Studies ave linked usage to the central nervous system, causing severe, potentially life-threatening hallucinations and, in some cases, seizures.

Last month Cleveland's Fox 8 News published this story (via CNN) of a teen who nearly died. The article noted the drug was linked to 11,406 drug-related emergency department visits in 2010.

No charges have been made yet, but are expected from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

In addition to Westlake, Parma and North Olmsted police, narcotics officers from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Lakewood also assisted.

Westlake police were not available at time of publication. Check back for details.

pam ghaster April 14, 2013 at 12:24 AM
The synthetic drugs are cheaper and killing our kids. Last year in the ER I saw three kids ages 17-20 die of bath salts. They seize and choke to death on there own vomit. These synthetic drugs can be cut with brake fluid and anti freeze. Kudos to all law enforcement to get this off the streets. pam ghaster rocky river, ohio

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