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3 charged with selling synthetic marijuana

hree Illinois residents who were working as convenience store clerks have been accused of selling synthetic marijuana that had been laced with rat poison. Authorities said that the synthetic drug, also known as K2, could result in uncontrollable bleeding from the nose, eyes and gums. As of April 2, the K2 epidemic across the state had resulted in two deaths and caused approximately 60 others to become ill.

Authorities said that the three men sold around 50 or 60 packets of the prepackaged drugs every day from the Chicago convenience store where they worked. One even allegedly had $280,000 in his possession. According to the complaint, multiple individuals who had bought the packaged drugs from the store reported that they experienced adverse symptoms, some of which included unusual bleeding.

The three individuals were identified as a 48-year-old man and two 44 year-old men. All three were charged with conspiracy to knowingly possess with intent to distribute and with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. They were still being held in custody while waiting for their court hearings.

If a person is convicted on drug charges, he or she could face a prison sentence, probation and high fines. However, the severity of the potential punishments can depend on the type of drug, the amount of the drug that was allegedly involved and the action, which may include possession or delivery. A criminal defense attorney may independently investigate the case to determine if the authorities followed proper procedures when doing the initial investigation. In some cases, the attorney may even challenge the evidence if it appears to have been tampered with.

Source: ABC News, "3 Chicago store clerks charged with selling synthetic pot laced with rat poison", Karma Allen, Apr. 3, 2018

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