United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, was joined by other law enforcement leaders on Wednesday to announce actions taken against businesses in Morgantown that are accused of illegally selling synthetic marijuana.
The businesses known as Mid-Nite Adult and the X-Hale Hookah Lounge were searched early this week and assets from them have been seized, including their business licenses as well as all inventory of a Schedule I controlled substance which has similar effects as traditional marijuana.
The businesses are accused of selling significant amounts of the synthetic cannabinoids commonly packaged and labeled as, “Spice‚” “Herbal Incense‚” or “K2.” Officials say undercover controlled purchases were made from both businesses and then the substances acquired were submitted to the DEA's Mid-Atlantic Laboratory for analysis.
It's suspected that in just under two years the businesses collectively generated over $4 million in sales.
According to Ihlenfeld, no criminal charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.