More ‘spice’ overdoses reported in East Village

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SAN DIEGO – More people became sick from a possible overdose on the synthetic marijuana drug "spice" in downtown San Diego Thursday.

San Diego police and paramedics received a call at 1:25 p.m. about two men and a woman showing symptoms similar to what over two dozen people experienced a week ago after consuming spice.  Authorities went to 12th and Imperial avenues, near the trolley station, to investigate.

It turns out, six people in the East Village, five men and a woman, had adverse reactions to spice.

Twelve juveniles and adults fell ill on Nov. 28 after apparently ingesting spice only a week after more than a dozen people were sickened by the drug in the same area.

Two hospital patients had symptoms varying from falling unconscious and unresponsive to violent vomiting and headaches, according to San Diego Police Department Sgt. Ray Battrick said.

An anonymous tip on Nov. 28 led officers to arrest a man in connection to the incident at the trolley station who was wanted on a felony warrant, Battrick said.  Two other arrests were also made in connection to the selling of Spice, Battrick said.

Selling synthetic cannabinoid compounds like Spice has been illegal in California since 2012.

One man, who admitted to using Spice in the past, told Fox 5 the drug is incredibly powerful.

"One hit or two hits will get you so you don't even know your middle name... I was with a guy the other night and he was on the ground lying there screaming," said Agustin Rowlend.

The bad batch of the Spice drug sold last week was in a black package with blue dragons on the side, according to San Diego police.

Anyone with information on the drug or its makers was asked to call the SDPD at 619-531-2000. All tips can be made anonymously.

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