The Davis County Metro Narcotics Strike Force and the DEA Metro Narcotics Strike Force investigation began after police received a tip that spice was being sold at Victor's Smoke Shop in Kaysville. Spice is an herb and plant mixture that is sprayed with or soaked in the chemical compound THC, found in marijuana. When ingested, spice produces similar physical effects to marijuana.
An undercover agent bought $40 worth of spice labeled as "Fusion Potpourri" in March at the Kaysville shop. A confidential informant and an undercover agent each subsequently bought $25 worth of spice labeled as "4 Acez" or "X Chill" at the South Jordan store.
The investigation also documented additional purchases of the banned substance, which a search warrant estimates made up 75 percent to 80 percent of the sales at the Kaysville shop, through October.
A court document alleges proceeds of those sales were then laundered through a known member of the Iraqi Mafia Gang.
The search warrant estimates that in August 2012 alone, the two stores sold more than $77,000 worth of spice and related merchandise.