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$350K in bank deposits seized, 7 arrested in metro Jackson spice investigation

The raid was just one of several busts of the electronic smoke shops with major investigations into what's really being puffed. Source: WLBT The raid was just one of several busts of the electronic smoke shops with major investigations into what's really being puffed. Source: WLBT
A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects. Source: MBN A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects. Source: MBN
Director Dowdy said law enforcement agencies conducted searches, by consent or warrant, on nine businesses Wednesday. Source: MBN Director Dowdy said law enforcement agencies conducted searches, by consent or warrant, on nine businesses Wednesday. Source: MBN
A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects. Source: MBN A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects. Source: MBN
A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects. Source: MBN A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects. Source: MBN
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

A metro Jackson investigation of the synthetic cannabinoid known by various names including spice has led to the seizure of $350,000 in bank deposits and the arrest of seven suspects, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy announced Thursday.

In addition, Director Dowdy said agents seized more than 24,000 dosage units of spice, four firearms, multiple computers and $2,000 in cash.

"This investigation began based on tips that a number of convenient stores or vape shops in the Jackson area were selling synthetic cannabinoids, that's most commonly referred to as Spice," said Dowdy. "They were selling it in liquid form and they were targeting high school age children."

The seven people arrested are:

  • 20-year-old Jordan Collier
  • 21-year-old Nasser Abdo Alradaer
  • 56-year-old Robert Greg Knott
  • 47-year-old Hashim Elbatnigi
  • 36-year-old Jonathan Franklin Hurtt
  • 36-year-old Bradford Clint Eldridge
  • 56-year-old Bassam Abadalla Albatnigi

In conjunction with the investigation, Director Dowdy said law enforcement agencies conducted searches, by consent or warrant, on nine businesses Wednesday. 

  • The Spark Zone, 901 Lakeland Place, Flowood
  • Discount Tobacco, 671 Grants Ferry Road, Flowood
  • The Spark Zone, 100 Bierdeman Road, Pearl
  • The Vapors Nest, 7282 South Siwell Road, Byram
  • Brandon Junction Express, 3271 Highway 18, Brandon
  • Shell gas station at Highway 471 and Baker Lane, Brandon
    • CORRECTION: Law enforcement officers did not conduct a search at the Shell gas station at Highway 471 and Baker Lane in Brandon on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. However, an undercover purchase of illegal narcotics was made at the location during the investigation leading to the searches that day.

  • Swanky’s Vape, 1055 Highway 49 South, Richland
  • D’s One Stop, 2607 Highway 80, Brandon
  • Star Mart, Highway 471, Brandon

The operation was conducted by the MBN; Rankin County Sheriff’s Office; Rankin County District Attorney’s Office; Brandon, Flowood, Richland, Pearl, Byram and Ridgeland police departments; U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations; and Mississippi Crime Laboratories.

The director of the Mississippi Forensic Lab Sam Howell says the dosage and amount of spice can sometimes be too much for their bodies to handle. 

"A lot of the highs that they get are much more intense, requiring medical intervention, severed spikes in blood pressure, hallucination, high temperatures," said Howell. "Some of the other compounds, we had numerous deaths related with those, not with these particular yet." 

Two shop owners in Flowood say they were not aware of the illegal chemical compounds in some of the oils. 

The Bureau of Narcotics says this is still an ongoing investigation. 

You can see the full MBN press conference below. 

READ MORE: MBN raids vape shops searching for controlled substances

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