Smoke Shop Raided After Drug Makes People Sick

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they raided a Gainesville smoke shop as part of an ongoing investigation into the hospitalization of 28 people who used a form of synthetic marijuana.

The Gainesville Sun reported Sunday that 28 people have been hospitalized in the last few days after suffering seizures and other problems while using the drug.

Jeff Blundell of the Gainesville Police Department said authorities raided the smoke shop after a person being treated by emergency responders told medics they had purchased the drug known as spice at the smoke shop.

Blundell said Drug Task Force members seized several pounds of spice in the raid. He says no arrests have been made but charges are pending.

The Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Health Department have issues warnings about the drug.

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