The Bio-Buzz Botanica store at 612 N. Slappey Blvd. was raided by Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Albany ALBANY — After a year of undercover buying at the Bio-Buzz store, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents raided the business Wednesday and found 10 pounds of illegal marijuana substitute, said the unit’s commander.
“We have more than 1,500 pieces of evidence to sift through,” Maj. Bill Berry said after the 9 a.m. Wednesday raid. “In that total is included 10 one-gallon bags of green leafy material that appears to be spice.”
The 1970s “head-shop” style business is owned by Stephen Bradford, who was charged with felony drug possession, Berry said. Others employed at the shop also face arrests, he added.
“We are looking at our undercover officers’ video tapes to identify the employees who have sold to them,” Berry said. “We’ll get warrants for their arrests.”
Spice is the street name for a marijuana substitute that is a Schedule I controlled substance, Berry said. The other suspected drugs fall into a bath-salt family that has been illegal in Georgia since May and nationally since Sept. 7, he added.
Berry said that smaller bags found with brand names such as “Blue Magic” and “Blueberry Yumyum” are bath salts that are also illegal. He added that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab will be testing the material.
According to the website webmd.com, effects from ingestion of the bath salts result in agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and severe psychosis, like an amphetamine overdose.
Almost a throwback to the days of hippies, Berry said agents also found mushrooms in the botanical store’s stocks.
“They are labeled ‘Psycho-active Mushrooms,’” Berry said. “Back then, Psilocybin in mushrooms would produce hallucinations. We’ll have them checked at the lab. The (drug-detection) dog Coco hit on a couple other spots, so we are still searching the shop.”