Glendale police shut down spice manufacturing operation, seize thousands of vialsPosted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A routine inspection of a Glendale store resulted in the discovery of a large Spice lab this week.
According to the Glendale Police Department, the initial information came from Arizona Tax Revenue officers who spotted what they believed to be Spice manufacturing in two back rooms at Pronto Mart where they were conducting an inspection.
Detectives with Glendale's Special Investigations Unit served a warrant on the business, which is located just northeast of 59th and Missouri avenues, on Tuesday. During their search, officers discovered and seized nearly 6,000 vials of what is believe to be Spice. In addition, they found about 250 pounds of raw materials that reportedly had been sprayed with A.K.B., which is the active ingredient that produces the marijuana-like high for which Spice is known.
Police say Abrahim Sayegh, the store manager, admitted he had been purchasing the herb from California and the A.K.B. from China for the past six months.
"Sayegh also admitted to manufacturing 'Spice' to sell to other stores in the area, as well as online sales," Glendale Police Sgt. Brent Coombs wrote in a media release.
Earlier this month, Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2327 into law, expanding the state's definition of dangerous drugs to include chemical configurations that make up synthetic drugs.
"For retailers and manufacturers of synthetic drugs, you are on notice that Arizona law permits the seizure of these items for subsequent prosecution," Maricopa County Bill Montgomery said a few days later.
Coombs said Sayegh will likely face felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and manufacturing dangerous drugs.
3TV's Crystal Cruz and Associated Press Writer Cristina Silva contributed to this article.