NORTH PORT — A three-month investigation by North Port Police led to the arrest of four people at a home on the 5520 block of Kenwood Drive on Wednesday morning.
North Port Police arrested four people for allegedly selling synthetic cannabinoids, known as spice. Police said 154 bags of spice were recovered Wednesday, reports show.
According to North Port Police spokesperson Josh Taylor, the department estimated the street value of the spice at more than $13,000. Taylor said sales had been going on for a while due to the significant amount of cash recovered.
The North Port Police Department served a warrant on Wednesday that uncovered the bags of synthetic cannabinoids.
Devon Ford, 27, and Barbara Adams, 26, of North Port, were arrested after authorities found 149 individual bags along with 1,536 grams of spice in a safe belonging to them. Police also recovered two handguns, a large sum of cash and a pig, according to the department’s Facebook page.
Taylor said the pig has been turned over to a family member of one of the suspects. The home is not zoned for farm animals.
Adams and Ford were arrested and booked into Sarasota County Jail for possession of synthetic cannabinoid with the intent to sell on a $7,500 bond each. As of Thursday afternoon, Adams has bonded out of the Sarasota County Jail, reports show.
Matthew Schulz, 38, and Chrystena Surprenant, 34, of Sarasota also were arrested Wednesday at the home. Schulz and Surprenant were arrested for allegedly selling spice to detective on three different occasions.
Reports state the pair sold 20 grams of spice for $130 in August to a North Port Police detective. Schulz and Surprenant met with another detective in September and sold the detective about 15 grams of spice for $125, reports show.
In August and September, the pair used a cellphone to contact detectives for the sale of the spice in two different locations near Highland Ridge Park.
Schulz and Surprenant met with detectives a third time in October, where they sold 20 grams of spice for $135 at the Shell gas station on U.S. 41 close to Warm Mineral Springs.
Schulz has been charged with two counts of selling a synthetic cannabinoid within 1,000 feet of a park and one charge of selling a synthetic cannabinoid within 1,000 feet of a business, school or place of worship. His bond has been set at $47,500. Schulz remains at the Sarasota County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.
Surprenant has also been charged with two counts of selling a synthetic cannabinoid within 1,000 feet of a business, school or place of worship, two counts of selling a synthetic cannbinoid within 1,000 feet of a park and three counts of using a two way communication device to facilitate a felony. Suprenant’s bond has been set at $59,500 and remains in Sarasota County Jail as of Thursday afternoon.