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$581,000 Seized in W.Va. Synthetic Cannabis Case


  Federal prosecutors have seized more than a half-million dollars tied to a synthetic marijuana investigation.

About $581,000 was found in nine separate bank accounts. The money was taken in civil asset forfeiture proceedings. It’s connected to a Morgantown business, Mid-Nite Adult, which sold mainly adult novelty items.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld executed search warrants at Mid-Nite in April connected with allegations that the business was selling synthetic marijuana drugs known as “Spice,” “Herbal incense,” or “K2.” These drugs are considered Schedule I controlled substances that have similar effects to traditional marijuana.

The Mon Valley Drug Task Force is leading the investigation. No criminal charges have been filed.

In April, Ihlenfeld said Mid-Nite Adult generated $3.2 million from the sale of synthetic marijuana.

Mid-Nite closed in September.