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Detectives serve two "Spice" search warrants


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SPRING HILL - The sheriff's office served two search warrants on Thursday, arresting three men for their alleged involvement in the sale of synthetic drugs.

Vice and Narcotics detectives seized a total of 353 synthetic marijuana packets at 7298 Blackhawk Trail in Spring Hill. According to the sheriff's office, two people were previously arrested at the home after undercover detectives purchased Spice there.

Detectives also recovered 4.2 grams of marijuana, $2,350 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Mahdi Ben Mohamed Sghaier, 38, was arrested on charges of selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a state park, possession of a conveyance for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Sghaier was given no bond because he had plans to travel back to his native Tunisia next week.

Joseph Anthony Galarza, 29, was arrested on charges of selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a state park, possession of a conveyance for sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Galarza, of Crystal River, remained in jail on Friday, and his bond is set at $25,000.

The sheriff's office also searched the Chevron gas station at 2109 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Detectives bought seven packets of Spice undercover, and found 11 more packets of the drug while serving the warrant, as well as a "large amount" of drug paraphernalia.

Store owner Manglesh Donda, 48, was arrested on charges of possession of a structure for the sale of a controlled substance, and the sale and possession of a controlled substance.

Donda's bond is set at $20,000.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is testing the synthetic marijuana seized at both locations, and the sheriff's office said additional charges are pending.

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