Des Moines police say they have made multiple arrests after a six month-long investigation in what they described as one of their “biggest synthetic marijuana busts.”
Officers executed search warrants at six convenience stores including Shop N Save stores on MLK, 6th and 2nd avenues, Nat Food Mart stores on Hubbell and 2nd and University Grocery Store. Two homes were also searched in West Des Moines and Waukee.
We saw police removing a dozen boxes of products, a cash register and a computer from Shop N Save on MLK.
Police say anonymous tips, undercover buys and confidential informants led DMPD Narcotics to the stores. Officers and medics were also noticing an increasing number of people suffering from symptoms felt from smoking synthetic marijuana.
Police say six individuals were arrested Tuesday and more arrests are expected by the end of the day. They range from the store owners, managers and workers. They’ll face charges of possession and delivering schedule I controlled substances.
The businesses’ bank accounts have been frozen and their liquor licenses have been temporarily suspended.
Police say the synthetic marijuana being sold was illegal because it contains banned substances and is being marketed as a way to get high. The products, ranging in price from $15 to $50, was sold under the counter and allegedly accounts for up to 50 percent of each convenience stores’ business.