Keeping Boston Safe: Officers Arrest Suspect for Warrants and Sale of Synthetic Marijuana

At about 9:45 AM on Monday, September 21, 2015, officers from District D-4 responded to a radio call for a drug investigation in the area of Franklin Square Park at 1535 Washington Street, South End.

Officers received information that an individual was selling drugs at the above location. The suspect was described as a white male with blonde hair, wearing a checkered shirt, blue pants and selling multi-colored bags out of his pants pocket. The officers observed a male fitting that description and conducted an inquiry. The individual identified himself to officers and was found to have an active outstanding warrant. Officers placed the male under arrest by virtue of this warrant, and upon searching the suspect, officers discovered eleven packets of synthetic marijuana labeled as “Scooby Snax” and “White Tiger” in his pocket.

Officers issued the 56-year-old suspect from Boston a City Ordinance Violation for Possession of Synthetic Marijuana.

The Boston Police Department warns community members against the use of synthetic marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is multiple times more potent than organic marijuana. In low doses, synthetics mimic the effects of organic marijuana and the symptoms displayed by users of each would likely be indiscernible. However, because of the potency of synthetic marijuana, the occurrence of an overdose is easier and more likely.

The most common appearance of a synthetic overdose is that of someone under the influence of a stimulant. Due to the physical effects of an overdose, increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure, there is a risk of sudden cardiac arrest.

They may exhibit any or all of the below symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Psychosis
  • Paranoia
  • Nonsensical language
  • Shouting
  • Bizarre behavior (i.e. flailing all limbs, undressing) 
  • Profuse sweating
  • Red eyes
  • Seizures
  • Variable and rapidly changing emotions 
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Profound drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness