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Fight against spice drug reaches state capitol

By Dana Molina, Multimedia Journalist/Telemundo Anchor, dana.molina@krdo.com
Published On: Jan 09 2014 06:42:43 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 06:56:00 PM CST

New bill hopes to help police crack down on spice drug

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A state lawmaker is taking action against the synthetic drug known as spice. Rep. Lois Landgraf, of Fountain, introduced a bill Wednesday that would give police access to devices that could quickly identify spice.

"It will allow law enforcement to do their job," she said.

Landgraf said there are limited devices out there, but law enforcement could consider using TruNarc. It claims fast and accurate results in identifying suspected drugs. We spoke with the Drug Enforcement Agency about how important a quick identification is.

"If it's able to give a police officer or police department a quick analysis, it would then allow them to arrest a person on the spot," said Matthew Barden, resident agent in charge of the U.S. DEA in Colorado Springs.

Currently, a suspected spice sample must be sent to a lab. It could take months to get its results.

For one Colorado Springs mother, the introduction of the bill was bittersweet. Her son died two years ago after using spice.

"The holidays are very difficult just because I have to try and wrap my head around that I don't have my son here to share these memories," she said. "I don't want other parents to go through that. It's very rough."

The introduction of the bill came too late for her son. But she's glad about the impact it could have for others.

"I really hope that lawmakers pay attention to the fact that kids are being hurt, and they're dying as a result and that shouldn't be allowed to happen," she said.

The bill also imposes steep fines for those selling spice. Landgraf said she thinks the bill will have very good bipartisan support.

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