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4 people arrested in synthetic drug raid in Brunswick

Glynn County Police department said the incident has the attention of the CDC. (Erica Bennett)
Glynn County Police department said the incident has the attention of the CDC. (Erica Bennett)
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Updated: 9/11/2013 2:47 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Narcotics teams arrested four people after raiding several suspected spice houses in Brunswick.

Glynn County police and the Brunswick Narcotics Enforcement Team raided locations where they believe people were making and processing a synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as spice or herbal incense.

The synthetic drug is believed to be behind the sickening of dozens of people in the past few weeks.

Glynn County Police said approximately two dozen people locally have been taken to the emergency room after smoking the chemically-laced leafy material.

Police raided Mary Jane's Emporium on Altama Avenue in Brunswick, along with three homes. Those homes belonged to the owner of the store and employees.

The four suspects are:

Parker Monroe LaRoche, 45, is facing five counts of possession with intent to distribute a scheduled 1 controlled substance.

Lawrence LaRoche, 22, is facing charges of giving a false name to a law enforcement officer. The LaRoches are from Brunswick, and were arrested at Mary Jane's Emporium at the time of the raid.

Sean Tristan LaRoche Jr., 22, was charged with five counts of possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance with intent to distribute.

James Edward Thompson, 19, faces three counts of the same charge.

"Because the producers of these synthetic drugs often change the chemical makeup of the compound to bypass newly enacted criminal laws, our agency has been working closely with the state crime lab to identify exactly what has been making these people sick," said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.

"While we can usually easily identify cocaine and marijuana, the challenge our drug investigators face with these synthetic drugs is that until the crime lab analyzes the substance they have no idea if the substance that has been seized is even illegal."
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