"Spice" bust in northern Minnesota town produces $4,000 in drugs, two epic mugshots

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"Spice" is used as a generic term for synthetic marijuana of the sort pictured here.
A June 26 synthetic drug bust in the small Iron Range town of Taconite resulted in the seizure of four pounds of "suspected synthetic marijuana 'Spice,'" as Itasca County officials put it. But perhaps the most intriguing part of the story are the mugshots of the two suspects arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to sell.

Suffice it to say the photos are a far, far cry from the dreamy mugshot guy whose booking photo spread across the internet like wildfire earlier this month.

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Without further ado, here are the mugshots of 53-year-old Kevin Leclair, owner of the home at 2 Stephens Street where the bust occurred, and his alleged partner in crime, 61-year-old David Thrasher:

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Thrasher (left); Leclair (right)

Not only did the two allegedly possess synthetic pot with the intent to sell, but officers found "items consistent with manufacturing the synthetic marijuana as well as evidence that indicated that synthetic marijuana was being sold from the home." (Thrasher faces an additional obstruction of justice charge.)

"Officers also seized items of evidence that indicated methamphetamine use in the home," an Itasca County release continues. Color us shocked.

Itasca County officials say the bust was the result of a three-month investigation, with help provided by the State Patrol and the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Where do the mugshots of Leclair and Thrasher rank when compared with other classics we've featured on Blotter over the years? Judge for yourself. Here are some of our "greatest" hits:

-- Alleged U of M meth cook's "friend" has a mugshot for the ages
-- Savage man allegedly killed his golden retriever with sledgehammer in front of children
-- Mugshot of man allegedly responsible for NoDak pack of dogs attack is a classic
-- Delbert Huber, 82-year-old convicted murderer, has an unforgettable mugshot
-- Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mugshots double as anti-meth advertising


Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.



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29 comments
Jaq Lindau
Jaq Lindau

If you legalize the real stuff you won't have people doing shit like this plus people won't got all bat crazy

BigLex SouthSide WherevaImat
BigLex SouthSide WherevaImat

I thought the whole point of synthetic weed was that it was legal? if they're gonna bust you for fake weed you might as well just sell and smoke the real shit

Rachel Gonyer
Rachel Gonyer

Oh gosh- so it's just random dried plants with sprayed on chemicals?

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

Man made chemical crap is what it's made of. It is NOT synthetic marijuana.

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

It isn't synthetic marijuana. It is nothing like marijuana.

Christian Jensen
Christian Jensen

"Synthetic MJ" is probably harmful, and is a needless product anyway. We should fully legalize natural MJ and move on.

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

This is a creation of the pharmaceutical companies. They created hundreds of varieties of synthetic THC while searching for the one that actually has the medicinal effects of real Marijuana.People have simply put these “research chemicals” on a inert plant substrate.  


Jason A Lee
Jason A Lee

Pretty sure its still legal in most states

Rachel Gonyer
Rachel Gonyer

I'm obviously out of touch here... what on earth is "synthetic marijuana?" What's in it??

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

As long as legalization has regulation. Otherwise, you get products like this on "the market".

Jamie Grimm
Jamie Grimm

Referring to that spice crap as "synthetic marijuana" is irresponsible and lazy journalism. Youngsters who don't know better will think Spice is harmless like cannabis. The effects of spice are the exact opposite of cannabis. Spraying some man made chemicals on some random dried plant leaves and calling it synthetic marijuana is like putting a piece of cowshit on a bun and calling it a synthetic hamburger.

Ross Levine
Ross Levine

He who controls the spice controls the universe. The guild of law enforcement fears this, they seek to control the spice for their own gains.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

id like to see there customers


i would bet the margins on spice are astronomical 

eyetod
eyetod

should have stuck to meth.. 


NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

yes, makes perfect sense...coming from a person who wants to legalize it

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