DENVER - An owner of a Denver tobacco store was arrested after police say his shop sold synthetic drugs commonly known as "Spice" during an undercover operation.
The owner of O's Pipes and Tobacco, Orlando Martinez, 70, is facing six counts of possession of synthetic cannabinoid with intent to distribute.
The synthetic drugs have been linked to three deaths and more than 50 hospitalizations in the Denver metro area. The East Colfax shop has not been identified as the source of the contamination.
According to an arrest affidavit, an undercover officer purchased more than $50 worth of Spice from Martinez's shop on Sep. 7.
The affidavit said Martinez was busted for selling Spice on two other occasions prior to the September sting.
(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)