Synthetic Marijuana Still A Problem County-Wide

Synthetic Marijuana Still A Problem County-Wide

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It's easily the most popular drug in Mobile County right now among youth and it's not going away anytime soon.

"It has put some children in the hospital for 2 and 3 days, it's got some kids where they've had long lasting effects where they've never bounced back. It's not a drug to play with," said Jean Downing with the Drug Education Council.

Synthetic marijuana, known on the street as spice, has been sweeping across the county and making it's way into the Mobile County Public School System over the last year.

"The statistics show that the age of first use is getting younger and younger," said Downing.

Devin Evans is one of the latest users to be arrested. On Tuesday he admitted to using spice before firing a shotgun at a sheriff's deputy. He sprayed the deputy's car with bullets.

Evans is only 17, but now he's charged with attempted murder and discharging a gun into a vehicle. It's a dangerous drug that's altering the future of our youth.

"Give the students a reason to be tested so that they have a clean record that they can stand on and have a successful career in the future. This is a career-building effort," said Kevin Atkins with Mobile United.

Authorities say they're not backing down. A midtown store was busted for selling the drug back in May and deputies say that's just the beginning.

"We've arrested a great many people from street corner dealers, to users to major distributors. We've busted somebody with 100 bags, we've arrested somebody with 10,000 bags," said Ressie Smith, a narcotics commander.

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