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4 arrested after police found 'Spice', other suspected drugs in vehicle

13 people hospitalized in Gainesville after smoking synthetic pot, police say

Arrested: Crystal Manos, Gary Norman, Hannah Riddlespur, Rhonda Tompkins
Arrested: Crystal Manos, Gary Norman, Hannah Riddlespur, Rhonda Tompkins

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four people have been arrested after they were found with the drug "spice" and other synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to the Gainesville Police Department. 

Police responded to  multiple reports of sick individuals along a road in Gainesville on Thursday. When they arrived they found at least 13 individuals believed to be experiencing side effects after consuming spice, a homemade synthetic substance that is supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana.     

 An officer then located a vehicle with four people inside and confiscated spice and other synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

The Gainesville Alachua County Drug Task Force is investigating the source of the Spice and its distributors, the release said.    

Gary W. Norman, 64; Crystal L. Manos, 33; Hannah B. Riddlespur, 28; and Rhonda D. Tompkins, 31 were all arrested on drug charges.

Detectives with the Gainesville Alachua County Drug Task Force said they are investigating the source of the Spice and asked anyone with information about illegal drug activity to call 352-393-7700.

Authorities reminded the public that under the 911 Good Samaritan Act, a person who experiences or witnesses an overdose and seeks medical assistance by calling 911 cannot be charged or prosecuted for possession of a controlled substance. 


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