Police raid Knox County adult store, seize synthetic marijuana
An undercover buy of allegedly synthetic marijuana resulted in a Monday night raid at a Knox County adult store.
Soon, the owners of the store will have their day in court.
According to Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Trooper Shane Jacobs, officers from KSP Post 10 in Harlan executed a search warrant at the Dream World Adult Store, located on U.S. 25E at Gray.
"This stemmed from an investigation into the sale of synthetic marijuana," Jacobs said., adding that during the search they discovered what Jacobs described as "large quantity of synthetic marijuana."
Although no arrests were made during the raid, Jacobs said police will seek action against the store.
"This will go before the Knox Grand Jury," he said.
Also seized during the search warrant was an undisclosed amount of cash and drug paraphernalia.
The case is being investigated by KSP Det. Jason York.
Assisting Detective York at the scene were Detective Kelley Farris with Desi East, Tpr. Tyson Lawson, Tpr, Kenny Sergent and Tpr. Dallas Eubanks with his K-9 unit.
The issue of synthetic marijuana has drawn a lot of attention over the past two years. The Kentucky legislature has passed laws during the past two years that banned synthetic drugs such as K2 or Spice, a synthetic marijuana.
Earlier this year, both the Barbourville City Council and the Knox Fiscal Court passed ordinances banning the sale of such products in the city and county.
The city action came after a group of Barbourville Middle School students urged the city council to take action.
Student Ellisa Cantley led the class presentation. "Synthetic marijuana is a big problem in our community. It is not only affecting the people who smoke it but also the people around them. When they are out driving, they are putting other people in danger," she said. "They can easily hurt other people."
However, Dream World manager Debbie Mills claims that the substances they had on sale were tested before they were put on sale.
"We had herbal incense for sale. Due to our lab results, we weren't selling any of the banned substances. Everything was right out and the open and we were selling it with the rest of our stuff. They came in and took what we had and said they were going to get it tested and go from there," she said. "I can't say too much at this point but we were going under the assumption that the lab work we had for everything we had was above board and legal at this time."
According to Kentucky Poison Control officials, more than 600 people have been hospitalized due to use of the synthetic drugs, adding that the dangers of the use of these compounds is not fully known. Ingredients in the drugs have not been tested, and the long-term effects are not known.
Henry Spiller of the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center said more than 600 people have been hospitalized as a result of synthetic drugs.
He noted that people have come to emergency rooms with acute psychosis, paranoia, seizures and heart attacks stemming from the use of such drugs.
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