Clerk at Lotto King Arrested; Suspected of Selling Spice, and Kratom

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An example of Spice. Courtesy of Drug Enforcement Administration

A downtown store clerk was arrested on suspicion of possessing and selling the banned synthetic drugs Spice and Kratom, San Diego police said Thursday.

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Detectives from the Narcotics Unit conducted an operation at the Lotto King at 1069 Sixth Ave. after receiving information about the sale of Spice in the downtown area, according to the SDPD.

Officers determined the alleged source of the Spice sales and on Wednesday arrested 47-year-old Artis William, who was allegedly in possession of about a half-pound of Spice, 2,300 Kratom pills, more than two pounds of Kratom powder and marijuana.

In addition, more than 300 Oxycodone and Morphine pills were seized, along with $21,000 in cash, police said.

The case will be forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office for prosecution under the city of San Diego’s synthetic drug ordinance.

The owner of Lotto King was not present when Williams was arrested, but could face charges, police said.

—City News Service

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