Naples PD makes 'Spice' bust

CREATED Jan. 7, 2014

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  • Kasseem Bannout

  • Gregory Bruce Murphy

  • Norma Sue Gable

NAPLES, Fla. - A three month drug investigation in Naples resulted in a trio of arrests in connection with the possession and sale of synthetic marijuana, commonly called "Spice."

Naples undercover police focused on the sale of "Spice" from two locations including the Everglades Convenience Store, 271 10th.

Police arrested 61-ear-old Kassem Bannout, 60-year-old Gregory Murphy and 43-year-old Norma Gable, all of Naples.

Undercover officers purchased “Spice” from  Gregory Murphy at the Everglades Convenience Store on several occasions. Murphy was employed as a clerk at Everglades Convenience Store.

During the investigation police say Murphy and Bannout conspired to sell the Spice at the convenience store owned and operated by Bannout.

The United States Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package containing synthetic cannabinoids being sent through the United States Postal Service to Bannout at his Pine Court residence.

The United States Postal Service, Naples Police Department, and Collier County Sheriff’s Office conducted a controlled delivery of the package, and executed search warrants at two locations yielding more than 1,000 packages of assorted synthetic cannabinoids (Spice).

Bannout and Murphy face multiple charges including criminal conspiracy, sale of synthetic cannabiniods with 1000 feet of a public park, and possession of a synthetic narcotic with into to sell, manufacture or deliver along among others.

Gable was charged with possession of a synthetic narcotic over three grams, possession of meth and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

" Our concern with the stores are they put them in the stores and people think it's fine to possess it. It's not it's illegal." Sgt. Randy Durniak with Naples Police Dept. said.

That type of illegal activity is something Lonnie Mills, pastor of the church right across the street said he wants nowhere near his place of worship.

"We have a lot of young kids here and we have older people here. We don't need anything like that it's too dangerous it could cause people to really get hurt." Mills said.