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KBI investigating synthetic marijuana cases across the state

August 9, 2012

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has executed 10 search warrants to businesses in three Kansas cities following a seven-month investigation into the sale of substances containing a form of synthetic marijuana.

Search warrants, and the subsequent seizure of the substances — sometimes labeled as “potpourri” — were executed at the Blitzed Detox Shop in Emporia, and the All Out Detox and Price Right Smoke Shop/JKL Liquor, both in El Dorado, according to a news release issued by the KBI Thursday.

Several other search warrants also were executed at businesses and residences in Emporia, El Dorado and Arkansas City.

Thursday’s announcement comes on the heels of a raid of a business in Garden City in July by the Drug Enforcement Agency as part of a nationwide investigation into the sale of banned synthetic substances. Along with synthetic forms of marijuana, law enforcement agencies have also been fighting against the sale and use of “bath salts,” which have mind-altering properties when ingested.

Kansas has been on the forefront of the fight against synthetic drugs, becoming the first state in 2010 to ban the chemicals found in substances with brand names such as “K2” and “spice.” Various chemicals have been added to the banned list in the past few years, including a federal ban on altered chemicals used in bath salts and marijuana-like smokeable mixtures.

In late 2009, the K2 substance, then legal, was a popular product at the Lawrence business Sacred Journey, 1103 Mass. The store was raided by federal agents in June 2010, shortly before the state ban on such substances went into effect. No charges were filed against the business.

In December 2010, Kansas University student Elijah Taylor died when he was hit by a vehicle after jumping into traffic on Interstate Highway 135 in Salina. Toxicology results showed Taylor had ingested synthetic chemicals before the incident.

— Reporter Shaun Hittle can be reached at 832-7173. Follow him at

Twitter.com/shaunhittle.

Comments

Scut Farkus 2 years, 1 month ago

If you really want to protect people from harmful, addictive substances, ban tobacco.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 1 month ago

I take note that beside your comment is a big ad featuring Ronald McDonald. Ban him, as well as the products he supports.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 1 month ago

My cousin summited K2 in 1971. He was a good snow-and-ice mountaineer.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow, he was really high that day!

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riverdrifter 2 years, 1 month ago

28,251. There's one higher, but Jay got married, had kids and did all that responsible stuff.

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Zype 2 years, 1 month ago

I think if you're going to mention Taylor at all, it's also worth mentioning that the chemicals he ingested before his death were bath salts, not synthetic marijuana.

I don't really see how he is relevant in this article though.

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