Store owner arrested, accused of selling synthetic drug ‘spice’
DENVER — A store owner has been arrested for selling the synthetic drug known as “Spice,” or “Black Mamba” following a Fox31 Denver undercover investigation.
Orlando Martinez, 70, appeared in Denver Court Monday afternoon. He’s charged with six felony counts of possession and intent to distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids.
Martinez’ tobacco, pipes and grocery store at 8300 East Colfax was featured in a FOX31 Denver investigation one week ago.
We went undercover and bought “spice” from convenience stores in Denver and Aurora to show just how easy it is to get the illegal drug over-the-counter.
At Orlando’s store, our hidden cameras captured the clerk confirming they sold “funky monkey,” (a type of “Spice”).
After our story aired on September 30, our investigative team learned the Denver police department was also making undercover buys at Orlando’s store.
According to court documents, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation tested the “Spice” purchased by the Denver police officers and determined some of it contained chemicals that are banned under state law.
We caught up with Martinez at his Denver County Court appearance Monday. Investigative Reporter Heidi Hemmat asked him, “were you selling spice in your store?”
Martinez refused to comment, and did his best to get away from our camera.
If convicted of all six felonies, Martinez could face up to 18 years in prison.
His preliminary hearing is set for October 30.