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SALT LAKE CITY -- A drug raid by Unified police ends in a surprising admission from the four people arrested: they would rather use the illegal drug marijuana than the legal synthetic spice.
The UPD Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant Monday at a home near 1800 South and Edison Street, and discovered heroin, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana inside -- along with spice.
Lt. Don Hutson says the arrestees were adamant they did not like spice.
"They were suggesting to our narcotics officers that they don't prefer spice. In fact, they kind of stay away from spice," Hutson told KSL Newsradio Tuesday. "Our officers pressed them on the issue, thinking so wouldn't you want to kind of gravitate toward something that's not illegal as opposed to marijuana, and they said they do not prefer the high of spice to the high of marijuana."
Hutson says it's something drug officers are hearing more often -- concern about "bad highs" and the uncertainty that comes with the lesser known effects of spice.
"There are a lot of unknowns associated with spice," Hutson said. "The high is not necessarily as consistent and is not a known factor."
The four told officers they didn't believe spice would catch on.
While all four were arrested, only one was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. Robert Anthony Casey, 24, was booked on felony possession of a controlled substance, as well as three misdemeanor drug counts.