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Amarillo, TX - The Randall County DA tells us tonight a substance discovered inside a sno-cone stand 13 months ago has finally been confirmed as synthetic marijuana.

However, a new technology which will soon make processing these types of cases much faster.

Thirteen months is what it took before the Randall County DA James Farren could press charges in a synthetic drug bust of a sno-cone stand.

But, with the new Tru-Narc system that's expected to change.

"...based on the lab results we have now the Tru-Narc would have indicated that it was in fact K-2," Randall County District Attorney James Farren said.

And then the DA could have taken action immediately instead of waiting months for the results to come back.

"...that likely would have been sufficient probable cause to make an warrantless arrest at that time," Farren said.

While getting suspects off the street is important, it is also vital for parents to know how to identify suspicious activity.

"The main people that are buying this stuff are young men between the ages of 17 and 24 and if you see a place where they are all congregating and they're all going up and getting something and putting it in their pocket then they just bought something to smoke," LaVisa Matthews Project Director of Impact Futures said.

The new Tru- Narc system should help cut down on synthetic marijuana since officers will be able to identify a substance instantly and then arrest those responsible.

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