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Archive for July, 2012

Wilmington Police make large “spice” bust

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– The Wilmington Police Department recently made its biggest “spice” bust in its history. Investigators say they found over 1,400 packages of the substance at the Northern Lights Smoke Shop off Market Street.

“I was very surprised, I didn’t even know it was that serious of a thing,” said Chris Brown, a Northern Lights Smoke Shop customer. “I didn’t know it was illegal like that. I had no idea that they could get in trouble for it.”

Their open light may not be on but the Northern Lights Smoke Shop was still serving customers on Sunday.

Thursday the store was busted for the synthetic substance known as “spice”.

Store workers did not want to talk about the incident but some shoppers didn’t mind sharing their thoughts on the drug.

“I smoked it a while back and it was kind of a weird feeling,” said Brown. “It lasted about an hour and it was totally different than anything I’ve ever smoked before and I didn’t really like it too much.”

Wilmington Police say the now illegal substance is a problem in the community.

It’s supposed to be similar to scented potpourri, but when you smoke it “spice” mimics the effects of marijuana.

In the recent bust investigators seized $30,000 worth of the substance and about $2,000 in currency.

Despite the bust at the Northern Lights Smoke Shop the shop has not been shut down and there have been no arrests at this time.

The Wilmington Police Narcotics Enforcement Unit and NCIS are continuing to investigate.

A few people who work at the shop did not want to talk to WWAY on camera but did say the store plans to continue its business as normal.

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Surf City to consider allowing ice cream trucks

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Ice cream trucks aren’t allowed in Surf City, but that could change soon.

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City making plans to repair worst roads

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

It has been several years since the city of Wilmington has been able to afford putting any "noticeable" money to street rehabilitation

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Gubernatorial candidates say they won’t pursue port in Southport

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Candidates Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton said they would not pursue a new container terminal if elected.

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Police looking for answers after man found dead

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are trying to piece together what happened to a man found dead at the 1200 block of North Kerr Avenue.

Authorities said the body was found around 1:15 a.m. Sunday and appeared to have suffered some trauma.

Police say they haven’t determined what caused the injury and are asking the public for any tips.

The name of the man has not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wilmington Police at 910-343-3600.

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