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Officers suspect Spice-making operation in Diamondhead house

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Investigators believe a large Spice-making operation was being run out of this rental house in Diamondhead. Investigators believe a large Spice-making operation was being run out of this rental house in Diamondhead.
After a man and woman were evicted from the rental house, the property manager found hundreds of suspicious items scattered throughout the house. (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.) After a man and woman were evicted from the rental house, the property manager found hundreds of suspicious items scattered throughout the house. (Photo source: Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

Hancock County Sheriff's officials are hoping results from the Mississippi Crime Lab will prove that a large Spice-making operation was being run out of a house in Diamondhead.

The sheriff said a man and a woman were being evicted from the rental house. When the manager of the property went in to check on the house last Tuesday, the sheriff said he found hundreds of suspicious items scattered throughout the house.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass held up two blenders. He claimed they contained a substance that appeared to be potpourri, a common base ingredient for making synthetic marijuana or Spice. He also showed WLOX News empty alcohol bottles, tiny plastic bags, bag sealing equipment, cutters, scales and labels.

There were also hundreds of empty pre-labeled packages with the words "Ocean Breeze" and "Swagger." 

"They were actually printing labels and they stick them to the static sealed bags," said Bass.

The sheriff said his narcotics officers also seized tags with the words "alternative smoking blend" on them.

"These were items that would definitely be used to make, manufacture, and sell Spice," said Sheriff Ricky Adam.

Adam said the items were discovered last Tuesday in a brick house on Diamondhead Drive West.

"Supposedly, it's not for human consumption. But when you package them in a one-gram bag, not many folks have potpourri burners that burn a gram of potpourri in their house. So I believe it is manufactured for human consumption," said Adam.

Although the sheriff believes the items were used to make Spice, he is still waiting for results from the state Crime Lab to prove that certain chemicals that are often used to make Spice were indeed in the blenders.

"If it comes back with a list of chemicals that are over 100 that are banned, hopefully, we'll be able to charge these people," said Adam. "These operations are typically home-based, whether it's in Diamondhead or Bay St. Louis or Kiln or Gulfport. That's not a surprise."

The sheriff said the two people who are "persons of interest" in the case lived in the house for about six months.  Investigators are looking for Joshua Patterson and Cori Sullivan. Adam believes the two are still somewhere on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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