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North Port Police shut down $2.2 million synthetic pot operation

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33-year-old Sayed Mohamed Jan. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photo 33-year-old Sayed Mohamed Jan. Sarasota Co. Jail booking photo
NORTH PORT, FL (WFLA) - North Port Police say they've shut down a major distributor of synthetic pot.

On Wednesday, detectives searched a home along Tamiami Trail and say they found massive amounts of materials used to make the drugs.

The suspect is 33-year-old Sayed Mohamed Jan.

Last week, North Port Police got a tip from the Lee County Sheriff's office to check out Jan's house, because they believed he was making spice. Detectives had discovered shipping labels with a North Port address during a huge synthetic pot bust in Lee county.

So, officers knocked on Jan's door.

"In plain view was some of the evidence," said North Port Assistant Police Chief Anthony Siriani.

Officers executed a search warrant and say they discovered a major drug-making operation. They say they found just about everything needed to make fake pot, or spice. There were huge bags filled with a green leafy substance called potpourri, chemicals for flavorings, and a cement mixer to put it in.

The only thing missing was the actual powdery narcotic that's added to the spice to make it illegal, but officers found traces of the narcotic inside the cement mixer. So, Jan was arrested.

"It's pretty substantial and I'm hoping we can save adults, children, whomever may be partaking in the use of K2 and maybe not harming themselves or others," said Siriani.

The large amount of evidence inside the North Port Police crime scene bay included thousands of colorful tiny bags with names like ‘Psycho', ‘Snoop Dog,' and ‘Scooby Snax.' The bags had not yet been filled with fake pot. 

In all, the drugs have a street value of  $2.2 million dollars, but authorities say Jan will not see a dime of it.

Investigators say Jan is the manager of a Chevron gas station across the street from his home. But, they say there are no ties between his job and his home-made drug operation.

Clerks at the Chevron did not want to comment for this story.

Jan faces a number of charges, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet from a church.

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