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Synthetic Pot Seized in Md. Valued at $100K

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A selection of the "Spice" legal stimulants is pictured in a shop in north London, on August 28, 2009. Spice, which will be placed in Class B, is made using synthetic chemicals and herbs and sold in so-called "head shops". It has been linked to mood swings and paranoia. The moves follow recommendations from the Government's drug advisory body, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

A selection of the “Spice” legal stimulants is pictured in a shop in north London, on August 28, 2009. Spice, which will be placed in Class B, is made using synthetic chemicals and herbs and sold in so-called “head shops”. It has been linked to mood swings and paranoia. The moves follow recommendations from the Government’s drug advisory body, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Credit: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

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FREDERICK, Md. — The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says authorities seized more than $100,000 worth of synthetic marijuana from three gas stations and the Thurmont home of the station owners.

The agency said Wednesday that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies participated in an investigation that culminated in a raid Tuesday.

The gas stations are in Frederick, Jefferson and Thurmont.

The state’s attorney’s office says the packages marketed as “spice” and “potpourri” contained vegetable matter treated with the chemical compound XLR11. The compound was outlawed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration last year because it mimics the effects of marijuana.

Zafar Iqbal (zah-FAR’ IK’-bahl) and his wife Khushnood (KOOSH’-nood) face multiple drug charges.

Their defense attorney Richard Bricken declined to comment on the allegations but said the Iqbals are very nice people.

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