St. Pete police see spike in dangerous ‘Spice’ drug

This still frame from the Clearwater Police Department shows someone believed to be on spice.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Petersburg police are noticing a dangerous trend with the synthetic drug spice. Over a one week period police received more than 40 calls related to spice.

St. Petersburg police officer Richard Linkiewicz has seen it all when it comes to the drug.

“I’ve seen ’em having seizures, digging in the dirt, totally out of their mind, very aggressive,” Linkiewicz said.

The drug can make users pass out; it can also make people them dangerous.

“Could be the nicest person in the world but when they are on that stuff you just don’t know what you’re walking into. You know they might stay passed out, they could get up and you might have a fight on your hands,” Linkiewicz said.


St. Pete calls related to Spice
St. Pete calls related to Spice

The drug is cheap, easy to make and easy for users to obtain.


Linkiewicz offers the users a choice, rehab or jail.

“We’re not going to arrest our way out of this. I’d rather offer the services, get ’em cleaned up, get ’em into another shelter, get ’em back on their feet,” he said.


And it’s not just St. Petersburg.  A man travelling with a large amount of cash on his lap, a 2-month-old baby in the back seat and three trash bags with more than 27 pounds of Spice in them was pulled over and arrested in Clearwater, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office affidavit.

In some cases, the individuals have died. In other cases, the individuals on the dangerous drug want to fight with officials.


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