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Spice, Ephedra, drug paraphernalia seized from grocery store


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MURRAY — Police seized drugs Thursday from a grocery store next to Cottonwood High School.

Murray officers seized 300 jars of Spice; 12,000 tablets of Ephedra, a banned decongestant used in making methamphetamine; and other drug paraphernalia from the Sunburst Market, 1326 E. 5600 South.

"They were kind of hidden underneath the counter," Murray police detective Jeff Maglish said, "and what would happen is people would ask in a certain way, 'Hey, I need to get this,' and the clerk would immediately bag it up and bring it up on top of the counter and then make the sale."

Maglish said the seizure was the culmination of a six-month investigation and undercover buys. He said he was particularly worried about young people having access to drugs.

"Even when the detectives were there to execute the search warrant, there were 15 to 20 high school kids in and out of the store," Maglish said. "That store always has youth in it. One of our big concerns is any of these kids being able to go in there and purchase any of these items."

No arrests have been made in connection with the raid, but Maglish said charges will be screened for the business owner and employees.

Email:hschwarz@desnews.com

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