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DEA Takes Down Arizona Spice Manufacturer
Agents seize 500 pounds of spice labeled “Headrush,” Hydroponic Marijuana, and $500,000 in drug proceeds

APR 06 (PHOENIX) – DEA special agents and Casa Grande Police detectives arrest a spice manufacturer and distributor known for the local spice brand “Headrush.”  Over 500 pounds of the synthetic cannabinoid was seized after detectives purchased 1000 packets of the illicit product during an undercover operation in Casa Grande.  DEA agents subsequently identified and dismantled a large manufacturing facility in Phoenix, where 1.2 tons of damiana leaf1 was also discovered along with hydroponic marijuana. 

Bundles of cash seized during the operation. Finished Spice product – packaged and ready for shipment.
Bundles of cash seized during the operation. Finished Spice product – packaged and ready for shipment.

The spice network sold primarily to Valley locations; however, DEA agents have identified New Mexico and California as additional destinations of the finished product.  Three people were arrested during the course of the operation and nearly $500,000 in illicit proceeds was seized.

“DEA will continue to aggressively target drug traffickers who sell their poisons in our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman, “Spice dealers who target our youth cannot hide from the law.  DEA agents will pursue these criminals and bring them to justice.”

Photos of spice manufacturing at various stages.  Cement mixers, bulk damiana leaf in bags and bins. Photos of spice manufacturing at various stages.  Cement mixers, bulk damiana leaf in bags and bins. Photos of spice manufacturing at various stages.  Cement mixers, bulk damiana leaf in bags and bins.
Photos of spice manufacturing at various stages.  Cement mixers, bulk damiana leaf in bags and bins.

Phoenix resident Geoffrey Turner, the head of the manufacturing and distribution network, was arrested along with Ayad Bahrou and Renee Williams. The three subjects face a variety of state charges including drug possession, manufacturing, and transportation for sale.

“This operation initially began with a cooperative effort led by our agency, the Organized Crime Bureau of the Pinal County Attorney Office and the Casa Grande Alliance, a community based substance abuse prevention and education coalition, to address the issue of Spice and the impact it has made on the citizens of our community.  We are proud to partner with the DEA and share in the success of this operation,” stated Casa Grande Interim Director of Police Services Chris Vasquez. 

DEA agents worked jointly with detectives from Casa Grande PD and the Maricopa County Drug Suppression Task Force.  This investigation will be presented to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial consideration.    


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