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Smoke Shop Sells More Than Tobacco: Police

Falls Church business investigated on drug-related charges



    Police seize K2, or "fake pot," from a Falls Church tobacco shop months after it was outlawed in Virginia. (Published Friday, July 8, 2011)

    The Arabica Tobacco Shop in Falls Church, Va., is under investigation for allegedly selling illegal merchandise, including K2 Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana sometimes referred to as “fake pot,” police said.

    Falls Church City police executed a search warrant June 28 at Arabica Tobacco Shop, 1110 W. Broad Street, after receiving complaints that the business was selling illegal merchandise.

    Eighty-six bags of evidence were seized, including assorted pieces of drug paraphernalia and 1,700 packets of suspected K2 Spice, police said.

    K2 is a psychoactive herbal and chemical product which mimics the effects of cannabis when consumed and is cited by the Drug Enforcement Administration for its potential public health risk, according to police. It is illegal in Virginia to possess, sell or distribute synthetic cannabinoids.

    Arabica’s owner and manager were on site during the execution of the search warrant and cooperated with authorities, police said. No arrests were made. The investigation continues.