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80 pounds of synthetic marijuana seized in Adams County

Cynthia Strickland (Source: Adams Co Sheriff) Cynthia Strickland (Source: Adams Co Sheriff)
ADAMS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friday the Adams County Sheriff's Department arrested one person and a warrant has been issued for another in connection to a seizure of synthetic marijuana. 

In a press release officials said on Friday, October 31 at approximately 2:30 pm, Sheriff Chuck Mayfield and Metro Narcotics agents arrested Cynthia Strickland, 51, of 2837 Little Street, Natchez, MS on charges of possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute.

As a result of a joint investigation between the Adams County Sheriff's Office, Metro Narcotics, and the US Postal Inspection Service, 80 pounds of synthetic marijuana with a street value of $176,000.00 at $20.00 per ounce was discovered and seized at the Natchez Post Office on Canal Street.

Upon discovering the suspicious packages, the coordinating agencies conducted surveillance at the Natchez Post Office. When Strickland arrived to claim the packages, she was detained, questioned and gave metro agents consent to open the boxes.

Subsequently, Strickland was arrested and charged. She was releases Friday on a bond of $5000.00.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Roosevelt Hendricks and other arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

“We are overjoyed that we are able to prevent this large amount of synthetic marijuana from hitting streets,” said Sheriff Mayfield, “This is a major bust and result of the cooperation of agencies. This cooperation is essential in the fight against drugs.”

Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, Mojo, Spice, and Green Giant, became illegal in 2012.

"K2, Spice, Mojo - no matter what you call it, synthetic cannabinoids are dangerous and illegal," Sheriff Mayfield said, "I urge people not to use these products, which have caused a huge spike in emergency room visits this year. We've seen this drug cause psychotic episodes and heart failure. "

Because the ingredients change frequently in synthetic cannabinoids, the risks and consequences of using them are unpredictable and there is no antidote, Sheriff Mayfield explained. 

Some reactions to this drug include seizures, hallucinations, agitation, anxiety, nausea, tremor, paranoia, and violent behavior. The effects can be similar to those of phencyclidine (PCP), the press release added.

Also synthetic cannabinoids are not detected by standard urine toxicology screens.

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