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K2 Drug Case Has Area Law Enforcement On Alert

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One man is fighting his drug conviction at the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming he didn't know the synthetic drugs he was selling would make a person high. One man is fighting his drug conviction at the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming he didn't know the synthetic drugs he was selling would make a person high.
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One man is fighting his drug conviction at the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming he didn't know the synthetic drugs he was selling would make a person high. It's an issue that has the attention of local authorities.

News 9 has covered the sale of synthetic drugs countless times, but it's a problem that's not going away.

“Have you ever sold it?”

“If you want to talk, everything, you talk to my lawyer.”

“Right now I don't know nothing.”

“You don't know if you sold it or not?”

“I don't know nothing, because I got lawyer.”

“Because you have a lawyer you don't know if you sold this or not?”

“I don't know nothing. You want talk, talk to my lawyer.”

News 9 aired an exchange that took place last year inside a metro convenience store where the owner was busted for selling K2 and he denied it.

But one synthetic drug case went all the way to the Supreme Court. In that case, the man selling K2 claimed he had no idea someone could get high from the stuff. However, either way the outcome of the Supreme Court case won't affect how Oklahoma builds cases against dubious sellers.

“We're looking at how the store is marketing the product. Are they selling it with marijuana leaves already on it? Some do that. Are they selling potpourri but also selling you a pipe and rolling papers with it? So, they keep it in a locked room and you have to ask a certain code to get the employee to go unlock it?” said Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

But the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics isn't alone in keeping up with these cases, so are attorneys.

“If the person selling it knows that the product they're selling could be harmful to someone else, if they know that it contains something that could be illegal that's what the government is hoping to get at here,” said Attorney Billy Coyle.

Claiming ignorance just won't cut it.

“This is a huge issue that's going to be around for a long time,” said Woodward. “Whether it's internet sales or convenience store selling it, we're in a new age when it comes to drugs.”

It is difficult to keep track of all the ingredients used in synthetic drugs, because the drug makers are constantly changing the formula each time ingredients are made illegal.

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