DEA raids several Central New York shops for sale of synthetic drug 'spice'

Police K-9 at Balwi Food Mart in Syracuse

Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with local sheriffâ??s and State Police raided several small markets and shops in Central New York Wednesday after a large-scale investigation into the sale of synthetic drugs.

This investigation saw two Syracuse markets raided, the Balwi Food Mart on the corner of Alvord and Butternut Streets, along with another market on Lodi and Butternut Streets.

Officials say these markets, including shops in Oswego and Cayuga Counties, were selling the synthetic marijuana, also known as â??spice.â?? There were several arrests over all the locations, and the DEA said more were coming.

The raids coincided with previous investigations into the sale of synthetic drugs at retail markets, like the one that saw the owner of Tebbs Head Shop locations arrested and charged with the mislabeling and sale of illegal designer drugs.

The case will now be reviewed by the U.S. Attorneyâ??s Office.

Agencies involved with the raids were the Drug Enforcement Administration, NY State Police, Oswego County Sheriffâ??s Office and DAâ??s Office, Finger Lakes Drug Task Force, Onondaga County Sheriffâ??s Office and DAâ??s office, other agencies