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ASU investigates laced marijuana

Posted: Friday, Oct 11th, 2013

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Police Department (ASU PD) is teaming with the Alamosa Police Department to investigate a suspected case of illegal drug use that sent a student and a police office to the emergency room Wed., Oct. 9, according to Dr. Joel Shults, Chief of ASU PD.

Both the suspect, Martin Infante, 19, Alamosa, and Officer David Pino were released from SLV Health the same day, and the officer was cleared to return to work, according to an ASU press release. Shults said Infante was released to Crossroads Managed Care for detoxification and was issued summonses for possession of marijuana of less than eight ounces, unlawful consumption of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The substance in question was confirmed as marijuana, but was apparently laced with another substance, possibly that known as “spice” - a marijuana alternative than contains chemical additives that cause psychoactive (mind-altering) effects, according to the press release. Pino appears to have been affected by skin contact with the substance or the suspect. Toxicology analysis is not yet complete, and police are working to determine the source of the marijuana, Shults added.

Pino was on campus foot patrol at about 10:30 a.m. Oct. 9 when he observed Infante engaged in apparent drug use, according to the press release. After apprehending Infante and bringing him to the police office for processing, Pino noted Infante exhibiting unusual behavior. He then noticed reactions in himself.

For the complete article see the 10-12-2013 issue.

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