Glendale man arrested after deputies find Spice in car

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Matthew Keller By Jennifer Thomas Matthew Keller By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Glendale man was arrested on drug charges after Yavapai County sheriff's deputies found him with synthetic marijuana.

Matthew Keller, 27, was arrested Thursday for felony possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy initially spotted Keller's Chevrolet sedan with Nevada plates speeding on U.S. 93 and pulled him over.

Keller admitted that he had Spice, aka K2, in his car, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

Spice became illegal in Arizona in February. It contains herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Keller claimed that he did not know possession of Spice was illegal and said he had purchased the substance from a smoke shop in Glendale, D'Evelyn said.

Deputies searched the vehicle and found six bottles labeled with the word "Handy." Each contained about 3 grams of Spice.

D'Evelyn said Keller acknowledged smoking Spice earlier that morning, noting that he had recently switched to Spice from marijuana because he thought it was legal. He also possessed a pipe used to smoke Spice.

Keller was arrested and transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center. He was released the following day on a $3,500 bond.