Tests show Havelock store was not selling spice

Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 01:22 PM.

A Havelock business under investigation for possible sale of illegal spice has been cleared.

State lab results on items seized from The Super Expressway indicated they contained no banned substances, according to a release from the Havelock Police Department.

Authorities received information about the possible sale of the illegal synthetic cannabinoid known as spice at the store, located at 807 East Main St., according to the release.

The Havelock Police Department, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point, and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement investigated. Undercover officers purchased substances from the business and conducted “presumptive testing” that showed the presence of a banned substance, according to the release.

Police equipped with a search warrant raided the business on Jan. 9 and confiscated 1,101 grams of suspected spice, and an early test indicated the material contained a banned substance. No charges were filed at the time of the raid, according to the release.

The seized materials were sent to the State Bureau of Investigation laboratory for testing and the results did not show any banned substances in the items seized.

According to the release, the owner and staff of the Super Expressway cooperated throughout the investigation. The seized items are to be returned to the business, and no charges will be filed. 

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