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Police: Chemicals, narcotics seized during synthetic drug bust

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It started as a robbery response at a warehouse in northeast Las Vegas Wednesday night. When police arrived they discovered two people inside the building and what appeared to be more than 150 pounds of synthetic marijuana known on the streets as Spice.

The products were confiscated from a warehouse near Lamb Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue.

Metro police held a news conference Thursday afternoon to talk about the bust. It's not completely clear if what was seized is illegal. For now, the two people found in the warehouse are free.

Still, police sound fairly certain that what they found is about 158 pounds of synthetic marijuana and chemicals, a seizure worth a significant amount of money.

"Doing the math, depending on the purity as well as the cut, we are looking at upwards of $5 million," said Metro's Lt. Pete Boffelli.

What police and the DEA need to determine is if the chemicals are used to manufacture Spice.

"We do not have onsite tests that we can conduct right there to tell us this is an illegal compound," Boffelli explained.

If the chemicals discovered are illegal it would be the second such bust by Metro in the past six months. The last one was in Nov. when 500 pounds of Spice was seized.

FOX5 spoke with Brett McEspedden, who owns Domestic Oddities, the business located inside the warehouse. He said what he had inside is perfectly legal.

"It's open to interpretation," he said. "I can't help it if people misuse the stuff. This is herbal potpourri. We have no intentions of it being anything more than an aromatic experience."

Last month, Nevada made the sale or possession of synthetic drugs illegal, making it a felony for those caught.

In a special report, FOX5 found that many local smoke shops had continued selling the substances, which are a trending drug among teens and older users, even as the law went into effect.

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