ZEPHYRHILLS — Authorities seized more than 200 packets of synthetic marijuana Friday from a highway-side convenience store and arrested the manager, Pasco County Sheriff's deputies said.
Tips from the public led investigators to a Mobile Food Mart at 36952 State Road 54, where the packets of "spice" were discovered in a freezer at about 4 p.m., Sheriff's office spokesman Doug Tobin said.
The manager, 47-year-old Tammy Embrey, faces drug possession and trafficking charges, Tobin said. She was being booked into jail Friday evening.
Deputies with a search warrant seized 210 spice packets and drug paraphernalia, he said. They also found a letter from the Sheriff's office warning businesses of a "pending crackdown" on the synthetic drugs, which can subject business owners to a fine of $500 per packet.