May 9, 2014 12:32 PM by David Randall
COLORADO SPRINGS - Colorado Springs police raided a local business and seized over seven pounds of synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as spice, according to a news release. Police say that their investigation into Kiki Smoke, located at 1730 Monterey Drive, began in April. On Thursday, CSPD executed a search warrant at the store and a storage unit. Investigators found 682 individual packets of spice, labeled Scooby Snax, Cherry Blast, Atomic, and Honeymoon. The spice seized has an estimated value of over $65,000 based on the typical price of $20 a gram.
According to Lt. Mark Conte, the substance is made of a variety of different chemical compounds and can be 800 times more potent than the real thing.
"You just don't now what you're getting," he says. "You don't know where the process was, what chemicals are in there, and there's just no telling what the potency is going to be."
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for the owner of the store, 50-year-old Alexander Yong Kim. CSPD has not been able to locate Kim and is asking for help from the public.
Kim is described as an Asian male, 5'8" tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about Kim's whereabouts is asked to call (719) 444-7000
Alexander Yong Kim