One of 40 bags of spice seized.
One of 40 bags of spice seized.
A large quantity of packaged synthetic marijuana was seized in a joint operation between the state Bureau of Narcotics and the Sheriff's office, resulting in one felony drug arrest.

Mallory I. Rush, 21, of 903 Kosciusko Road, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.

Rush was arrested at her home, where 40 bags of Spice, a synthetic cannabinoid similar to marijuana, were seized.

"It [the Spice] had a combined street value of $1,200," Waddell said.

Rush remains in the Neshoba County Jail as no bond has been set.

Waddell said a tip led to Rush's arrest.

"We were working on information that we had received and called in the MBN to assist," he said. "We work closely with MBN. We notified them before we went on the search warrant and they joined us."

Authorities believe that Rush was selling the drugs in the Philadelphia-Neshoba County area.

"We are seeing and hearing a good bit more about Spice," Waddell said.

In September 2010, then-Gov. Haley Barbour signed into law a bill banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana marketed as an herbal mixture known by various names such as Spice, K2, Mojo and Dancing Monkey.

The substance often carried the label "not for human consumption," which created a loophole for its legal sale before the law was passed.

The 2010 law banned the sale of the product and gave retailers until Oct. 1 of that year to return them to distributors or over to law officers.

Following the signing, then Police Chief Dickie Sistrunk ordered his officers to go around town to make sure that no stores were selling the outlawed substance.

The substance is often marketed as "herbal incense." However, some brands market their products as "herbal smoking blends."