TPD raids gas station, arrests three for distributing K2 police say caused 19 possible overdoses


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The raid of a Tulsa convenience store leads to three arrests for the distribution of K2 that police say caused multiple overdoses Tuesday.

The owner of Phillips 66 at 11th and Fulton, Abdurrahim Rahim, was arrested at the store Tuesday night.

Police say they’ve been able to link the K2 that’s caused 19 possible overdoses to his store.

Rahim is the third person taken into custody.

TPD also arrested Bamph Hunter, 29, who they say is the main suspect in this case. Thomas Collishaw, 21, was also arrested.

Investigators say they are working on another warrant for a fourth person involved with the drugs.

Tulsa Police say this K2 is known as Pink Bubble Gum.

And they say it was distributed for free to the nine who overdosed outside of Iron Gate, a downtown soup kitchen.

Investigators say the dealers gave it away to the homeless as a tactic to get them addicted.

“Not only is it illegal but it’s illegal for a reason. It does have damaging effects. They’re just not quiet sure, the medical field, from my understanding, they’re just not sure the total damage this can cause, (be)cause it’s so new,” said Tulsa Fire Department Captain Jerry Benefield.

According to WebMD.com, K2 is described as a “synthetic marijuana.” The description goes on to say that it contains man-made chemicals being sprayed on leaves that “can be smoked.”

TPD says this Pink Bubble Gum is the most potent K2 they have ever seen.

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$100K worth of Spice seized in Osage Beach bust


Osage Beach — Five Osage Beach men are in custody following the seizure of an estimated $100,000 in Spice, three firearms and $1,800 in cash on Oct. 28.
A search warrant executed in the 6000 block of Shadow Circle in Osage Beach Sunday resulted in the bust of a synthetic cannabinoid laboratory, according to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.
Narcotics investigators from the sheriff’s office and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group subsequently arrested Micah P. Schlicht, 20; Zacharia J. Anderson, 22; William P. Dismang Jr., 23; Jorey T. Anderson, 19; and Chadwick J. Schlicht, 42.
All five are being charged with the Class B Felony of Manufacture and Production of a Controlled Substance. Bond for each man has been set at $50,000 cash.
The suspects are currently being held in the Camden County Adult Detention Facility.

West Boca burglary leads to major drug bust


When detectives rolled up to a warehouse west of Boca Raton to investigate a burglary in August, they found a little more than broken glass: They found thousands of baggies typically used to store synthetic marijuana.

The burglary eventually led to a major drug bust, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Those findings and a search warrant later led to the arrests of William Sands, 45, and Sudhir Suwal, 41, on charges of drug manufacturing, according to an arrest report.

It began with a typical call of a burglary at warehouse A42 in the 1000 block of Spanish Isles Boulevard. Detectives first found a broken window pane near the warehouse’s front door. They then found a clear, zip-locked gallon bag holding many smaller plastic baggies. A label on the bag read, “200 LG Cherry.”

Investigators found two more labels. One said “Cherry Blast 1 gr Burnables.” Another label indicated the contents of the bag did not contain “cannabinoids,” according to the report.

The labels didn’t make sense to detectives.

“Through my training and experience,” a detective wrote in the report, “items that are potpourri do not label themselves as cannabinoid free.”

Deputies searched the warehouse with a K-9 unit to look for the bad guys. They didn’t find any.

Instead, they discovered several 6-foot-tall storage bins with clear drawers holding thousands of packets that looked similar to the ones found outside.

And there was more:

“On my way out, I noticed a machine that I know through my training and experience to be used to seal packets,” the detective wrote in the report.

The contents of the packets appeared to be synthetic marijuana, so detectives got a search warrant from a judge and went back later in the day.

The packets in the cabinet were labeled “MJ” — typically short for “Mary Jane,” according to the report — and had many different names:

Da Bomb, Primo, Strawberry, Permagrin, Burny, Xtreme, Cherry Blast, Wild Cherry, VooDoo, WOW, Blueberry Blast, Strawberry Blast, Blueberry — and Puffy.

The Sheriff’s Office’s chemistry unit tested the packets and discovered that some of them contained UR-144, a substance known to mimic the effects of schedule 1 drugs, such as marijuana.

In all, investigators collected 235 pounds of synthetic marijuana during the search.

They then found a paper trail — a stack of 17 spiral notebooks and paperwork — that led detectives to a pair of suspects.

A note, addressed to “Bill,” appeared to mention the drug’s effects, according to the report:

“Bill — please try to get samples of A836.339-full (unreadable) for CB and CB2 Great thing is it doesn’t effect part of th brain that would be responsible for respiratory or cardiovascular (unreadable)..so no pounding in cheast or difficulty breathing. Sounds fabulous! Have a great trip and stay safe!”

Investigators also found copies of Sands’ and Suwal’s driver’s licenses and invoices billed to a company called “Catch Point Services.”

Records show Sands and Suwal run Catch Point Services, according to the report.

Deputies arrested Sands and Suwal on Thursday and arrested them. Both men posted $8,000 bail Thursday afternoon and were released from jail.

Hearing set for 2 charged in Voodoo Willy’s spice bust


MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) –
A hearing is set for one of two people arrested during a spice bust in Madison County.

Synthetic marijuana seized from ‘smoke hut’
It happened earlier in October at Voodoo Willy’s Smoke Hut on Highway 72 East in Madison County. Deputies said they confiscated about 30 packs of spice from the store.

The store’s owner, Ronald Young, is charged in this case, along with the employee who was on duty when it happened.

That employee, Shawn Francis, will appear in court October 17.

Woodville residents arrested in Jackson County on variety of drug charges


SCOTTSBORO, Alabama – Two Woodville residents were arrested by Jackson County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night on a variety of drug charges, a Sheriff’s Department news release said.

James Tyler Jones, 22, and Whitney Paige Rollins, 18, both of Woodville, were arrested after Sgt. Craig Holcomb of the department’s narcotics unit found them in a parked vehicle at Alabama 79 and Alabama 35, the news release said.

Deputies found a small amount of marijuana, spice, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, the release said.

Jones was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and Rollins was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said.

Rollins was released from the Jackson County Jail on $1,000 bond. Jones is in jail with bond set at $8,000.

Rudy Eugene’s Toxicology Report: Experts speculate on what caused ‘face-chewing’ attack


CBS/AP) MIAMI – Experts are still speculating about what may have caused Rudy Eugene’s face-chewing attack on Ronald Poppo in Miami last month. A toxicology report on Wednesday failed to find “bath salts” and other major street drugs in Eugene’s system.

Pictures: Fla. police identify “face-eating” naked man

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said in a news release that the toxicology detected marijuana but it didn’t find any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs. Eugene also tested negative for adulterants commonly mixed with street drugs.

An expert on toxicology testing said marijuana alone wasn’t likely to cause behavior as strange as Eugene’s.

“The problem today is that there is an almost an infinite number of chemical substances out there that can trigger unusual behavior,” said Dr. Bruce Goldberger, Professor and Director of Toxicology at the University of Florida.

There has been much speculation about what drugs, if any, would lead to the bizarre May 26 attack at a Miami causeway that left Poppo, 65, missing about 75 percent of his face. The tests ruled out the suggestion that 35-year-old Eugene may have been under the influence of bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine and have been associated with bizarre crimes in recent months.

An outside forensic toxicology lab, which took a second look at the results, also confirmed the absence of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and LSD.

Goldberger said the medical examiner’s office in Miami is known for doing thorough work and he’s confident they and the independent lab covered as much ground as possible. But it’s nearly impossible for toxicology testing to keep pace with new formulations of synthetic drugs.

“There are many of these synthetic drugs that we currently don’t have the methodology to test on, and that is not the fault of the toxicology lab. The challenge today for the toxicology lab is to stay on top of these new chemicals and develop methodologies for them but it’s very difficult and very expensive.” Goldberger said. “There is no one test or combination of tests that can detect every possible substance out there.”

An addiction expert said she wouldn’t rule out marijuana causing the agitation.

“It could have been the strain of marijuana that increases the dopamine in the brain, such as sativa,” said Dr. Patricia Junquera, assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

There are two strains of marijuana called sativa and indica. The sativa increases dopamine and gives you energy while decreasing pain threshold. Indica is a “sleepy high,” she explained.

“People don’t really know what the amount of either is in each little packet of marijuana,” she explained. “And we can’t differentiate between the two in the blood, much less in a dead person.”

She also suggested that if Eugene had a mental disorder, “the marijuana could have increased even further the dopamine levels and aggravated the situation. So that can’t be ruled out.”

Eugene’s friends and family have said he was religious, not violent and that he didn’t drink or do drugs harder than marijuana, so they are baffled as to what caused Eugene’s brutal assault against the homeless victim.

“There’s no answer for it, not really,” said Marckenson Charles, Eugene’s younger brother. “Anybody who knew him knows this wasn’t the person we knew him to be. Whatever triggered him, there is no answer for this.”

Charles said the family does not plan to pursue any legal action against the police for shooting Eugene on the day of the face-chewing attack. Surveillance video from a nearby building shows Eugene stripping Poppo and pummeling him. The police officer who shot Eugene to death reportedly said Eugene growled at the officer when he told him to stop.

“They used the force they felt was necessary even if we don’t agree with that,” Charles said.

He said Eugene has been buried.

Poppo has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized. His left eye was removed, but doctors said earlier this month they were trying to find a way to restore vision in his right eye. He will need more surgeries before he can explore the options for reconstructing his face, doctors have said.

Melbourne DEA raid nets 22,000 packets of synthetic marijuana


It’s been touted as the first nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs.

 

drug Enforcement Administration raided a Brevard Countyindustrial complex Wednesday, federal and local agents revealed details Thursday about what they found.

Melbourne police and Brevard County deputies accompanied Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Wednesday’s raid at the complex on Dusa Drive.

Six warrants were served. Agents took away 22,000 packets of synthetic marijuana, which they said was being made at the facility.

They also found 8,000 packets of bath salts, along with potpourri used to infuse a number of chemicals to make the synthetic drug.

“These synthetic drugs are effectively marketed as bath salts, spice and incense, and even plant food,” said Jim Chaparro from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Nationally agents said one kilogram can produce $750,000 in retail profit.

Tim Reed, who works nearby, said the operation has been running for about a year.

“They had cement mixers out back, and they’d be running and they’d put those ingredients in, and they’re spraying something in there, in cement mixers,” said Reed. “They are probably still out of the back door of the place.”

Neighboring workers said most days, they heard the rumble of cement mixers around back. They reported smelling raspberry and other aromas in the air, and saw more than a dozen workers going inside the business daily.

Seven people were arrested on non-related drug charges and taken away in U.S. Border Patrol vehicles.

Since Wednesday’s bust, it was revealed that it was part of a much larger crackdown called “Operation Log Jam,” being conducted by the DEA alongside state and local agencies in Florida and several other states.

Two hundred sixty-five search warrants were executed in 90 cities in 30 states as part of the operation.

A total of 29 suspected manufacturing facilities were raided, including the one in Melbourne.

Synthetic Marijuana is ‘Dangerous Stuff’


In the wake of raids on a dozen Washington County businesses selling the drug, Dr. Neil Capretto of Gateway Rehabilitation said the problem is ‘everywhere.’

 

Dr. Neil Capretto said one patient who came intoGateway Rehabilitation called the synthetic pot he was smoking “like marijuana on steroids.”

In the wake of a raid of a dozen Washington County businesses that were selling the synthetic marijuana, often packaged as incense and labeled “not fit for human consumption,” Capretto, Gateway’s medical director, said the use of such “designer drugs” is on the rise.

“It’s everywhere,” the doctor said. “It’s through most of the country now.”

And it’s getting worse, he said. Right now, he said there are 140 different versions of synthetic marijuana, and each has its own “tweaked” version of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in the drug.

The concept is based of research done in the 1990s by a scientist who was working to create a synthetic form of the drug for legitimate reasons, trying to mimic the relaxation and sedation effects of marijuana.

But Capretto said the doctor later abandoned the research because the synthetic version was similar “but much, much more potent.”

How much more?

“It was two to 10 times more potent,” Capretto said, adding that the potency causes much more extreme effects, including hallucinations and loss of motor-coordination skills.

Generally smoked, the products sold and seized at local shops come mostly from China, where makers spray the drug on plant material, and market it as incense or potpourri.

“It’s like, ‘Wink, wink,” but everyone knows,” Capretto said. “This is some very potent, dangerous stuff.”

And while the drugs have made its way into many circles, the doctor said it’s use it most common in two groups.

The first group includes people between the ages of 18 and 30.

The other group? People in the legal system or a work environment that requires regular drug testing.

Capretto said that while technology is advancing, it’s difficult to screen for the drug because its make-up is slightly different from traditional THC.

 

“So you pass your drug test,” Capretto said.

He asked parents and members of the community to be vigilant—and not assume that the name “synthetic marijuana” or the fact it can be found in convenience stores and gas stations are signs it is safe to consume.

And he said he thinks the stores, which he said have made as much as $100,000 a year selling the synthetic marijuana also known also as K2 or K3, should be held accountable.

“We have to hold their feet to the fire,” Capretto said.

Four arrested in Oakland County K2 bust


 

 

Less than a month after a state law banning the sale of K2 and Spice went into effect, four people have been arrested in a K2 and Spice bust conducted by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Enforcement Team.

The busts followed a two week investigation into Tobacco Village, 6628 Cooley Lake Road in Waterford Township; Quick Corner Party Store, 1019 Baldwin Ave. in Pontiac; and In-and-Out Party Store, 687 University Drive in Pontiac.

Scott Michael Petrus was arrested at Tobacco Village, charged with four counts of delivery or manufacture of Schedule 1, 2 and 3 drugs, except marijuana. Amgad Allos and Matthew Allos — a father and son, related to the owner of Quick Corner Party Store — both face the same charge. In-and-Out Party Store owner Thayer Hermiz Konja faces three counts of the same charge.

Both Pontiac stores involved in the raid had signed a pledge not to sell the synthetic marijuana and had decals displaying that pledge posted on their store.

“The blatant disregard for the law as well as for the safety of our community is not going to be tolerated,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard stated in a press release.
“Additionally, to sign a pledge and post a sign in a business to win favor in the community while continuing to sell is completely disgusting. Making a quick buck on a substance that is obviously dangerous and illegal makes these business owners no better than street drug dealers.”

Authorities searched the businesses and the suspects’ home and confiscated packets of the substance, as well as documents showing profits from the sale of the substance, a press release states.

Additional charges will be sought.

The suspects were all arraigned Friday. Bond was set at $5,000 for Petrus by 51st District Court Judge Richard Kuhn Jr.

Bond was set at $10,000 each for Matthew Allos, Amgad Allos and Konja by 50th District Judge Michael Martinez.

All four suspects will appear in court again at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Anyone with any information about people selling K2 or Spice is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office’s anonymous tip line at 1-888-TURN-1-IN (1-888-887-6146).


Detectives Ron Garrison (back left) and Ross Partee (front left), and officer Megan DeWitt (back right), of the Vero Beach Police Department, escort Kiritbathi Patel, owner of Jimmy’s G.K. Foodmart, to the back of a waiting police car after a raid at his business Tuesday afternoon. Detectives found 72 packets of ‘spice’, three firearms and over $61,000 in cash at the store. On March 23, the state of Florida made possession of ‘spice’ illegal.