The City of Alice Police Department in conjunction with the Alice Public Library will host a class on Synthetic Marijuana and its Consequences on Wednesday, May 17.

"The rise in synthetic marijuana seizures, whether in patrol or during raids, have promoted the police to host the class," said Sgt. Nick Juarez. "It's important for the public to be educated on the effects on the use of synthetic marijuana."

The purpose of the class is to raise awareness and get the public to understand what synthetic marijuana is and the side effects associated with the drug.

Side effects include seizures, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, death and more, according to police.

"Right now, (the department) is averaging more synthetic marijuana seizures than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or any other drug seizures," Juarez said. "Synthetic marijuana seizures are only second to marijuana seizures."

According to police, there have been three raids in the last three days that resulted in the confiscation of synthetic marijuana.

On Thursday, police arrested Tiffany Hobbs at a residence on the 600 block of Tito Street. On Wednesday, officers took Christian Villagran into custody after they executed a narcotic search warrant at a residence on the 900 block of Cactus. On Tuesday, a raid conducted on the 1000 block of Schley Avenue that resulted in the arrest of Mark Gonzalez.

According to Juarez, as of April 2017, the Alice PD has had 126 cases on synthetic marijuana.

Juarez urges all the public to attend the lecture starting at 5:15 p.m. at the library.