DEA: NM smoke shop owner sold ‘spice’

December 7, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The owner and an employee of a New Mexico smoke shop are facing federal drug charges in connection with a raid of the shop over the synthetic drug [auth] “spice.”

KRQE-TV reports ( that Roman Huerta and Dean Cope were arrested Thursday on several drug-related charges.

According to criminal complaints, Drug Enforcement Administration agents found more than $100,000 in cash at Huerta’s home and a “fully functioning” spice manufacturing facility in his garage.

Investigators say they believe Huerta would produce the synthetic drug and sell it at Smoke World, his Rio Rancho shop. Authorities say to avoid law enforcement, the two men would only sell to people they knew.

It was unclear if either man had attorneys.

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