Glendale Man Hit With Felony for "Spice" (Fake Weed) Possession. They're Actually Enforcing This

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Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
Attention Matthew Keller: even fake weed is illegal in Arizona.
In February, possessing "Spice," a synthetic form of marijuana, became illegal in Arizona -- and some cops apparently are actually enforcing the new law. Just ask Glendale's Matthew Keller, 27, who was hit with a felony after admitting to cops he had some of the fake weed in his car.

Keller was stopped by a Yavapai County sheriff's deputy last week for speeding on U.S. 93. Once stopped, Keller told the deputy that he had some Spice in the car, and he'd smoked some earlier that day.

Bad move.

Had Keller read New Times, he'd know that the substance is now illegal in the Grand Canyon State. But he didn't, and told the deputy he had no idea possessing it was against the law.

The deputy searched Keller's vehicle and found six bottles of "Spice," each containing about three grams of faux-weed.

Keller told the deputy he bought the substance at a smoke shop in Glendale. He said he'd recently made the switch from real weed to "Spice" because he thought it was legal. Sadly, it's not -- anymore.

We called Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn to see if this was his office's first arrest for Spice possession. He didn't immediately get back to us so we checked in with some other state cop shops, including the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, and nobody we spoke to could recall a single arrest for possession of fake weed. In fact, we could only find one instance of anyone getting arrested for anything related to fake weed, and that was a Tucson smoke shop owner who was arrested for selling it.

It appears Keller is the first person to fall victim to Arizona's nanny-state-ish new law. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and charged with drug and paraphernalia possession. He was released the following day on $3,500 bond.

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Wow_Really
Wow_Really

All charges were dropped against him on Sept. 6th 2011. Nothing found on him was illegal. Way to waste money Yavapai county!!

Wow_really
Wow_really

I like how people call him an idiot just by a picture and news story. I know mr. Keller and know he is a hard working business owner. Not just some lowly pothead. One thing no article reports is that what he possessed did not contain any of the compounds marked as illegal in state bill 2167. He was arrested and incarcerated over something manufactured and distributed in Tucson. Maybe cops should learn what the law actually states, not go off what they heard on the ten o'clock news.

Adam231
Adam231

Just take a look at that idiot..he really did not know it was illegal.. that's why he had six bottles of it? Interesting.. probably not his first run in with the law! Its illegal in Europe that should tell you something right there!

63mlya
63mlya

It's all about making $$$$. If he's is convicted he will have to pay probation fee's, fee's for drug counseling, fines, not to mention the $$ jails make by housing people. When will the citizens wake-up and realize that corrections is the leading money maker in the state. Remember to old saying " come to AZ on vacation, and leave on probation.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Stupid loser deserves it...

Your Pal
Your Pal

JUST SAY NOPE TO DOPE! ONLY DOPES USE DOPE.

Marlin kookendall
Marlin kookendall

prescott and yavapai county sucks. its not a shock they would focus on a fake weed case, while the governments locally are almost always pulling some really dumb antic like pressuring employers to fire people who might oppose them politically. new times should investigate the prescott matters in particular.

ZagYee
ZagYee

lol, those redneck lawmakers in AZ never cease to amaze me. When will they make having incense illegal? What a bunch of idiots. www.anon-web.es.tc

Shar Pei
Shar Pei

Who thought this goof was worth a $3500 investment in bail?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks, Brian. I appreciate your time and effort.

Old Spice
Old Spice

if the pig could he would bust you for wearing old spice under arm deodorant. they really are that hard up. dont they have real criminals to go after instead of some mellow stoner? it is shameful that they waste time and money on such nonsense.

Smart Hippie
Smart Hippie

I have been cutting and eating free local illegal desert Arizona Peyote for many years now. I have been cutting local Arizona desert Peyote at the same place since 1968. I was pulled over a few years ago and the cop saw about 40 peyote buttons in a bag on my front right side floorboard. but he didnt know what it was. a case where the cops could have busted my long haird bearded psychedelic hippie patchouli oil smelling ass but were to stupid to recognize illegal Arizona desert Peyote in a hippies old van. just another case of ...HIPPIE REAL SMART, cops really dumb!

My Name Here
My Name Here

how come the phoenix narks dont pinch the illegal mexican meth dealer on my street? they been in business now for over 8 years with out never getting pinched. and they are very obvious drug drealers and the cops know of them but they still deal meth out of their casa/house. where is sgt chuck williams of the cactus precint when you need him?

Coz
Coz

Arizona, supporting it's prison business ventures.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I must be missing something here. If it's not the real thing, and contains no cannabis sativa L, how can it be injurious?

If we sell containers of backyard rye grass and call it "Spuds" will it also be deemed to be illegal?

Jed/Jim, explain this to me. I'm just a short haired, clean cut guy. I don't have the street knowledge of someone like you. Please.

A Hippie Chick
A Hippie Chick

I bet you still listen to the allman brothers band, grateful dead and neil young music to and you wear tye dye. there is very few of us left my friend from the days that used to be.

Mistalee
Mistalee

More than likely mordida in play. Saw the same thing in Detroit. Protecting local dealers is a great second income for corrupt piggies.

BR549
BR549

Sgt Mark Clark of the Scottsdale police does a better job than Sgt Chuck Williams does.

BR549
BR549

100% CORRECT!

Your Pal
Your Pal

Your always missing something Tommy. but I like what you write anyway. I can tell your an OK guy,but you are just a bit slow and un hip.

Johnny Young Gunz
Johnny Young Gunz

Here's the difference Tom:

The real deal(420) contains the chemical--THC.

While the "faux-weed" does not. I don't know why a stupid nanny law was created for this, other than that I have to agree with "Coz" answer.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Alright, Tommy, if it WAS the real thing and was 100 PERCENT cannabis, how could it be injurious?

I've seen a helluva lot of alcohol-related bloodshed, death, illness and misery. The only misery I've seen associated with cannabis was inflicted by the cops and the oh-so-criminal "justice system."

Rebel Yell
Rebel Yell

the court systems are a legal mafia to collect lots of money. thats why TOMMY COLLINS.

Jimmy Jed
Jimmy Jed

see COZs answer below for the answer to your question.

J Curwen
J Curwen

There is a new law of the books than bans several synthetic cannabinoids, e.g. JWH-018. Spice (at least its original formulation) contains one of more of these now scheduled substances. It will be up to the prosecution to prove that the samples contain one of those banned substances rather than one of the newer, still-unclassified substances.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Still listen to the 26 min. long version of "Who Do You Love" from the Quicksilver "Happy Trails" album(CD). Greatest rock song ever.

Jango
Jango

old hippies also wear alot of old flannel loggers shirts.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I don't know that 100% is injurious, actually Lee. Just asking a question since I've been ignorant about Spice.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Your answer is a bit nebulous, but thanks all the same, Rebel.

Billy Grillo
Billy Grillo

You mean the 60s Psychedelic Bus Furthur? or Bob Weirs Band Furthur? I work for the band Furthur. come see us.

Mountain Girl
Mountain Girl

Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. La Honda California 1967. I was there and im still here alive and well in Pleasant Hill Oregon. Carolyn Adams. aka Mountain Girl

XTC Sex
XTC Sex

just get busted a few times and pay a few pricey fines $ instead of doing jail time and you will see what i mean about them being a legal mafia. its all about money $$ and if you got it you go free. if you dont have it you go to jail. its all about money.

Rebel Yell
Rebel Yell

it really is that simple though. your thinking to hard and way to much.

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