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Police seize products with false CBD labels, $2 million at 2 smoke shops


Products falsely labelled as containing CBD were seized at two smoke shops in Fayetteville in connection with a drug enforcement investigation in Mississippi, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

On Thursday, Fayetteville detectives and patrol officers participating in a joint operation with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Mississippi searched The Candy Shop locations on Grove Street and Cliffdale Road, according to a police news release.

The searches led to the seizure of hundreds of units of merchandise: 

  • 6,000 units of products containing synthetic cannabinoids that was falsely labelled as CBD.
  • 500 doses of substances suspected of containing synthetic cannabinoids.
  • 1,000 units of homemade edibles suspected of contain synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Approximately $2 million in U.S. currency.

The operation was part of an ongoing investigation by the DEA of synthetic cannabinoids in Mississippi, the news release said.   

Cannabinoids are a type of chemical in marijuana that causes drug-like effects throughout the body, including the central nervous system and immune system, according to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. The main active cannabinoid in marijuana is THC, the institute’s website says.

Cannabinoids may help treat symptoms of cancer or side effects of cancer treatment.

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