HOUSTON – Houston police have arrested two men who are accused of manufacturing $2.5 million worth of Kush, officials said.
During a news conference Thursday, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and the Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg shared details about their largest Kush bust to date.
In June 2016, Turner vowed to clean up the streets by implementing an aggressive plan to improve public safety throughout the city and address the Kush epidemic.
Kush, also known as Spice and K2, is a dangerous synthetic drug that causes aggressive behavior or renders a victim comatose. More than 100 different types of chemicals can be used to produce Kush, which became illegal in 2012.
Turner's plan to kick the Kush epidemic was to move 175 patrol officers from desk jobs to beat patrols, add 13 park rangers, institute an overtime program for roving Houston Police Department patrols in targeted parks and create a new patrol division dedicated to the Central Business District.
Turner also said the city started targeting the people and places responsible for making the drug, working to get it off the streets one step at a time.
Police did just that, as they explained in their news conference Thursday.
Police said after six month of investigating a residence in the 11400 block of Bissonnet Street that was used to manufacture and distribute Kush, they were able to arrest Mohamed Ebrahim Moton, 47, and Ataur Rehman Malik, 38.
Police seized 600 pounds of synthetic Kush at 11300 Mulholland Drive on Tuesday.
Police said the residence was used to manufacture the drug and had no furniture inside. The house is located in a residential neighborhood.
During the conference, officials urged Houston residents to call authorities and let them know if they believe there is suspicious activity going on inside any home in their area.
Police said the Kush that was seized was equal to at least 100,000 doses and they hope the seizure will save at least 100,000 people from overdosing on the drug.
"Distributors will pay a heavy crime for poisoning the children and people of Houston with Kush," District Attorney Kim Ogg said.