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Criminal charges re-filed against Lawrence man at center of K2 case

Clark Sloan, left, of Tonganoxie, and his son Jonathan Sloan, right, of Lawrence and an owner of Bouncing Bear Botanicals, face numerous federal drug charges following an indictment filed April 3.

Clark Sloan, left, of Tonganoxie, and his son Jonathan Sloan, right, of Lawrence and an owner of Bouncing Bear Botanicals, face numerous federal drug charges following an indictment filed April 3.

January 6, 2011

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Jefferson County Attorney Caleb Stegall has re-filed criminal charges against a Lawrence man who owns a botanical plant distribution warehouse that has been at the center of the state’s K2 controversy.

Stegall’s office announced Thursday morning he has filed 20 counts against Jonathan Sloan, 30, of Lawrence, who owns Bouncing Bear Botanicals in Oskaloosa, following a Kansas Bureau of Investigation probe into the “alleged unlawful distribution of controlled hallucinogenics.”

Prosecutors said they also filed 20 counts against Clark Sloan, 51, of Olathe in connection with the investigation. Jefferson County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Clark Sloan Thursday morning, Stegall said.

Jonathan Sloan.

Jonathan Sloan.

Clark Sloan.

Clark Sloan.

Last April Stegall dropped eight drug charges he had filed months earlier against Jonathan Sloan but said the investigation was still ongoing.

Officials have said the warehouse at Bouncing Bear Botanicals is a supplier for Sacred Journey, 1103 Mass., in downtown Lawrence, and Jonathan Sloan’s initial arrest came after federal, state and local authorities conducted a raid last February at the store seizing the K2.

The Kansas Legislature last year passed a law that banned sale or possession of the substances found in K2 after law enforcement agencies complained K2 was a synthetic version of marijuana though it was marketed as incense.

Last year one of Jonathan Sloan’s attorneys in the first criminal case, which was dropped, said his client was operating a legitimate botanical plant business at the warehouse north of Lawrence. The attorney said it was one of the country’s largest distributors of botanicals.

According to Stegall’s office, Jonathan Sloan made a first appearance in Jefferson County District Court Thursday morning on the new criminal charges. According to the sheriff’s office, both men posted bond to be released from jail Thursday afternoon.

Jonathan Sloan and another plaintiff has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court against a business in Oregon and one in Nevada alleging they have infringed Bouncing Bear Botanicals’ trademark on the name “K2” for its incense products.

Comments

karmajolie 2 years, 7 months ago

If it weren't for the prohibition of marijuana, folks would not buy k2 incense alternatives. Why would they? If people had legal access to the real deal they would not be hunting down k2 herb and the like. Just as the government has wasted endless resources chasing down marijuana, now they are going to do the same with this incense stuff. It is ridiculous and wasteful in more ways than one. How long have these products been banned, and there are still places advertising legal everywhere products like those found at http://www.buyherbalincense.com .

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sciencegeek 3 years, 3 months ago

The scary part about this is that this rapid excuse for an attorney is going to be the chief counsel for Governor Brownback. What does that say about what Sam wants to do for the next 4/8 years? If you look at his appointments and recent statements, it appears that he wants the state to go far right of Attila the Hun, but he's going to stay sanctimoniously above the fray, while his henchmen wreak havoc. If this type of ridiculous case is what Steagall thinks is appropriate, Kansas is going to become a fun house ride.

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lgreen17 3 years, 3 months ago

What are the twenty charges against him? Why didn't the newpaper actually print what he's accused of doing?

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smitty 3 years, 3 months ago

Look out Jon.

By the amount of information in your defense that's on line, you'll be arrested and put away in a federal mental facility with no chance of a trial. The next YH < bogus> get em for posting may be under way.

Put jonathan sloan bouncing bear botanical into google and see what pops up. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGLR_enUS255US257&q=jonathon+sloan+bouncing+bear+botanicals+#q=jonathon+sloan+bouncing+bear+botanicals&hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLR_enUS255US257&prmd=ivnsuo&ei=lG4nTZbePITGlQeY25nFAQ&start=10&sa=N&fp=ea5733a97aebfa72

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smitty 3 years, 3 months ago

http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/02/jon_sloan_fights_back_against_federal_drug_charges.php

John Huffman, an organic chemistry professor at Clemson University, is the scientist whose lab developed the synthetic cannabinoids active in K2 that Kansas wants to ban. Huffman says personal use of K2 should be banned since there's no evidence on toxicity. Take it with a grain of salt, since Huffman isn't a legal mind, but here's what someone who knows his drugs thinks.

Huffman writes: "Looking at the list of compounds, I believe that the guy was set up. I know that some of the compounds are schedule 1, but I question whether a plant that contains a trace of a drug is illegal. Particularly if you can buy it at Lowe's. Morning glory seeds???"

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 3 months ago

They already went through this once, and got shut down because they can't arrest and charge somebody for doing something that they want to be illegal, but isn't. And the new laws can't be used, because those laws can't be applied ex post facto.

So that leaves two reasons for filing this. They want to harass these folks in an attempt to destroy their businesses while saddling them with large legal expenses, and/or Stegall is attempting to pump up his future political prospects as he heads off to help Brownback do the same.

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Beer Guy 3 years, 3 months ago

Don't prosecutors know from their college days that you will never catch the dragon?

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Kontum1972 3 years, 3 months ago

yes,... they live in 11worth & shawnee county...

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Newell_Post 3 years, 3 months ago

Aren't there some actual criminals out there somewhere that need the attention of law enforcement?

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labmonkey 3 years, 3 months ago

Total waste of taxpayer money.

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monkey_c 3 years, 3 months ago

Steagall has written volumes which indicate a decidedly Liberatarian leaning...where are the individual freedoms in these charges?!?! BOGUS

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purplesage 3 years, 3 months ago

Steagall will never prosecute the case. He's bound for the state house at the invitaton of the new governor. He has already submitted a resignation to Jefferson County.

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smitty 3 years, 3 months ago

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MacHeath 3 years, 3 months ago

Man, don't these folks have more important things to do!

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Steve Miller 3 years, 3 months ago

I need to go to the clark and take a caleb.. LMAO !!

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Phase 3 years, 3 months ago

You left out "Rock & Roll"

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bangaranggerg 3 years, 3 months ago

I wish I could be on the jury, no way would I find them guilty. Doesn't matter what the case is when the crime is made up because the law in invalid. I wish it was against the law to waste the states resources on something like this.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 3 months ago

bASICALLY CALEB IS KICKIN THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND HAS NOTHING ELASE TO DO. RATHER OBVIOUS.

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Steve Miller 3 years, 3 months ago

bASICALLY CALEB IS KICKIN THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND HAS NOTHING ELASE TO DO. RATHER OBVIOUS.

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greenworld 3 years, 3 months ago

If you build it , they will come.

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Tanner Stumbaugh 3 years, 3 months ago

All this fuzz for GWH? My gosh... I'm at a loss for words. I've tried it, didn't like it, thought it itself was a crock of crap too. I guess the counties have to find some way to fund sub-par law enforcement groups. boo to you, prosecutors. Move on.... how about crack cocaine? that stuff is rampant in the Lawrence area... and yet it endures. go figure.

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true_patriot 3 years, 3 months ago

Can't tell if they're alleging new infractions involving intent to sell other drugs like mushrooms or just the same old K2 issue. If the latter, this is totally absurd, but I think the powers that be were so blindsided by the K2 phenomenon they are overreacting now that they got caught with their pants down and rammed the law through and need to make a highly visible example to show they are "doing something".

Wish they would put the effort and money and time into fighting meth production, people yakking on cell phones while driving, and reducing cigarette consumption - they'd save a lot more lives than making a big deal out of K2.

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smitty 3 years, 3 months ago

That raid was before K2 was illegal in Kansas.

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eotw33 3 years, 3 months ago

Nice strategy, arrest him, let him go, then pass the law,and arrest him again.

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