Texas sting: 16 arrested in connection with synthetic cannabinoids

Three-month undercover operation led to warrants for two dozen suspects

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi police say 16 suspects have been arrested in sting targeting sales of synthetic cannabinoids in the downtown area near City Hall.

Police and federal agents made the arrests Wednesday as part of a three-month undercover operation leading to warrants for two dozen suspects. Synthetic cannabinoids are known by a variety of names, including Spice, K2 and Blaze.

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Police say all of the suspects are charged with felony manufacture and delivery of a control substance. Convictions can carry prison terms of up to 99 years.

Investigators say four of the 16 suspects were already in custody on unrelated charges.