Police say they have made one of the largest synthetic marijuana busts in the state. Authorities said they confiscated more than $500,000 worth of the drug in west Georgia on Thursday.
Undercover police raided two convenience stores in Polk County in a joint effort by Polk County police and sheriff's offices, as well as Rockmart and Cedartown police.
Kiki Evans, Polk County's assistant police chief, said that it'
Police arrested two men at the Village Market, the store's owner and a clerk.
The owner of JB Foods and a clerk was also arrested, according to police.
Authorities said that the drugs, some of which feature Walt Disney and other cartoon characters on the packaging, are being marketed to kids.
The raid came from a tip to the Dakota Dyer Foundation. Lance Dyer is Dakota's father. His son died after smoking Spice, or synthetic marijuana, last year in Bremen.
"His death served a purpose. As tragic as it was, and as much as I would love to have him back, the information that was brought to us that we were able to share with the Polk County Sheriff Department and the Polk County police departments and jurisdictions have made a difference," said Lance Dyer.
The bags seized on Thursday's raid were sold in 10 gram bags, which were much larger than what has been seen.
"Today, those bags are not on the street. A young person or a young adult, this is not in their hands," Lance Dyer said.
A 15-year-old classmate of Dakota's is credited for turning in the information to the Dakota Dyer Foundation.
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