The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on indictments in the Octopus Garden raids around Asheville last year:
The owner of Octopus Garden Smoke Shops, his store managers and employees were charged with conspiracy to distribute synthetic drugs and possession with intent to distribute, according to indictments unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.
The synthetic marijuana was sold at Octopus Garden’s seven locations under various names such as “Zeus Gods of Aroma,” “Bizzaro,” and “Dead and Berry’d,” Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said in a press release. The offenses happened between September 2011 and December 2012 in Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania counties, according to the indictment.
The indictment, along with two others and a criminal complaint, charged a total of 30 individuals with synthetic drug-related offenses following a joint local, state and federal investigations from here to Mecklenburg County. The head shops sold synthetic drugs, such as synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as “K2” or “Spice,” and/or bath salts, according to filed court documents and court proceedings.
Photos of the Octopus Garden raid in Asheville late last year. More background here.