Police target synthetic marijuana sales in Orange

Police target synthetic marijuana sales in Orange

Orange Police and Orange County Sheriff's Office recovered more than five pounds of synthetic marijuana in a joint operation targeting two Orange convenience stores Wednesday, Nov. 12

At approximately 5 p.m., the Orange Police Department Narcotics Division, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Narcotics Division received information that synthetic marijuana was being sold at both locations, a press release by Orange Police states. The stores were Star Stop No. 4, at 1415 16th St. and Star Stop No. 5, at 1104 Burton. Search warrants were obtained and executed simultaneously at both locations.

At Star Stop No. 4, police arrested 49-year-old Andrew Gonsalves for Delivery of a Synthetic Controlled Substance and Possession of a Synthetic Controlled Substance.  Officers recovered five packages of synthetic marijuana from Gonsalves.

At Star Stop No. 5, police arrested Kaur Balwinder, a 41-year-old female, for Delivery of a Synthetic Controlled Substance and Possession of a Synthetic Controlled Substance.  Officers recovered over 200 packages of synthetic marijuana (approximately five pounds) from Balwinder.

Synthetic marijuana is a designer drug in which herbs, incense or other leafy materials are sprayed with lab-synthesized liquid chemicals to mimic the effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in the naturally grown marijuana plant (cannabis sativa). Synthetic marijuana is also known by the name of “Spice” or “K2.”

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