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Long arm of law reaches into new territory

Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:21 pm

Ilana Lipsen of Alpine told the Avalanche that she was contacted by a US Marshall who was attempting to arrest her at the Purple Zone on May 13. Lipsen, who was en route to Houston, turned around, headed back to Alpine and turned herself in to authorities. She is being charged with a weapons offense having to do with acquiring ammunition while under indictment for a felony. Lipsen is the owner of the Purple Zone, which was searched by a law enforcement taskforce last week, spearheaded by the DEA.

Lipsen is under indictment for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance because “spice” allegedly was seized from her store during searches in 2012 and 2013. “Spice” is the euphemistic name for synthetic cannabinoids, substances that have been developed to mimic ways that old fashioned and illegal marijuana affects the brain. The legal issues surrounding these substances are complex as new substances come on the scene and threats to public health must be weighed against civil liberties.

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