Agents Say They Raided One Of The Biggest K2 Suppliers In OKC
OKLAHOMA CITY - State agents said they may have taken down one of the biggest K2 suppliers in the metro.
Investigators served nearly 20 search warrants at a chain of smoke shops in Oklahoma City and arrested six people.
Eighteen search and arrest warrants lead to what the Oklahoma Attorney General called the dismantling of a criminal operation at three ‘Mr. Coolz' stores.
“We are elated, it's a Godsend,” said Donna Woods, the executive director of OCARTA Recovery Center across the street from Mr. Coolz. “Finally, some place is shutting down that is killing Oklahomans,” she added.
The investigation started in December after several people complained.
Agents went undercover and said all of the Mr. Coolz stores sold them K2 or synthetic marijuana, which is also called “fake bake” and “spice.”
“Three young kids that I found at the back of my building, 16, 15 and 14 years old, high on the stuff they had just gotten from Mr. Coolz,” Woods told News 9.
Agents with the AG's Multicounty Grand Jury Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, OBN, DEA and local law enforcement seized items from all three stores Tuesday.
Neighboring businesses said it was just a matter of time.
“I've seen them do deals outside the store, the owners, the owner's son,” said Logan Agee, who works next door to Mr. Coolz.
The AG's office said the stores were profiting big time from selling K2, as much as 80 percent of the profits coming strictly from synthetic marijuana.
“They can go to a store rather than having to have contact with a drug dealer, so you are seeing a large increase in it and it is a big public safety concern,” said Megan Tilly, Chief of the Attorney General's Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.
Agents arrested store operators John Roddy, William Martin, William Martin III and Montessa Chamberlin for racketeering.
Clerks Roy Lee Goddard III and Tobias Chantavong were also arrested.
The AG's office said the K2 is being shipped to the stores, but would not elaborate on how.
News 9 cameras captured footage of UPS trucks making deliveries at two Mr. Coolz locations while the raids happened.
Investigators said this was a drug operation worth millions of dollars and the investigation is ongoing.
Tilly said the owners and managers are also being targeted for laundering millions of dollars in unlawful proceeds from selling K2.
Agents seized vehicles, boats and other property at their homes.