BY THE COLUMBUS PACKET
The Mystery Machine will be running on fumes for a while after the Lowndes County Narcotics Narcotics Unit intercepted more than$100,000 worth of illegal “Spice” intended for a Columbus resident. Narcotics agents said they confiscated 1900 pre-packaged servings of “Scooby Snax” spice before it reached its destination in Columbus. “Spice”, or synthetic marijuana, has been illegal in Mississippi since 2010, but several national manufacturers have started making spice with new chemical formulas that skate current regulations. The newest compound uses the drug XLR-11.
XLR-11 was first identified by chemists in 2012 and has become one of the most popular choices for manufactures to include in spice production. The US Department of Justice announced earlier this year that XLR-11 would become an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic as of May 15.
The two packages, labeled with a fictitious name, contained about 700 10 gram packages and 1200 5 gram packages in an assortment of flavors, including: Blueberry Bliss, Strawberry Smash, Kush, Hydro and Potpourri. The packages were shipped from Pasadena-based manufacturer, Powers Rider Corp., complete with UPC codes and illegally-branded images of the popular cartoon character, Scooby Doo.
As many Packet readers might remember, Scooby Doo would accompany the Scooby Gang on various investigative and crime fighting adventures in the cartoon “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?,” which ran on various networks in several incarnations from 1969-1986. From its inception, the show became a favorite of the counter-culture crowd, with party goers using the show’s Scooby Snacks, which were given to Scooby for reward or used as motivation, as a synonym for marijuana or other casual drug use.
(The name Scooby Doo was taken from the Frank Sinatra song, “Strangers in the Night.” JC)
The spice that was intercepted was labeled as “Scooby Snax”, and carried a direct likeness of the dog from said show — a clear trademark violation. An email to Cartoon Network, who most recently owned the show, was not immediately returned Wednesday evening.
Narcotics agents said that their information shows that the buyer paid the manufacturer over $45,000 for the spice; $33 each for the 10 ounce packs and $19.95 for the 5 ounce packs. Factoring in the normal retail markup, narcotics agents agreed that the street value could exceed $100,000.
Narcotics Commander Bobby Grimes confirmed that agents intercepted the packages within the last few weeks, but that- as of press time- no charges have been filed.
The plan might have worked out if it weren’t for those meddling Narcotics guys.