Several hundred dollars worth of synthetic marijuana product was confiscated from a Neosho business Monday afternoon.
The Music Center, 925 S. Neosho Blvd., was the target of an investigation conducted by the Newton County Sheriff's Department, after receiving a tip that synthetic marijuana was being sold there under the counter. Sheriff Ken Copeland said that an undercover officer then purchased synthetic marijuana, which is sold as herbal incense, at the store.
In a field test, the product showed positive for cannabinoids. A search warrant was carried out at the Music Center at about 2 p.m., Copeland said, and the supply seized. Copeland said a sample has been sent to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration lab for positive confirmation. Pending those results, the store owners could be charged with distribution of a controlled substance, Copeland said.
A letter dated May 16 was sent by Newton County Prosecutor Jake Skouby to local merchants informing them that if they continued to sell the product it would be subject to testing and, if it was found to contain illegal substances, the business owners would be criminally prosecuted.
“It's not a secret that we're going after this stuff,” Copeland said. “And we're going to keep going after it.”