36 charged in on­go­ing crack­down on K2 sales

Po­lice work­ing with state, fed­eral agen­cies to tar­get dis­trib­u­tors.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Katie Hall and Philip Jankowski khall@states­man.com pjankowski@states­man.com Crack­down

Austin po­lice have charged 36 peo­ple as part of a three-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion tar­get­ing the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of the syn­thetic drug K2, also known as spice and kush, to peo­ple down­town.

Ten peo­ple were ar­rested Mon­day in con­nec­tion with the oper­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to Austin po­lice Lt. Oliver Tate with the nar­cotics unit. Five other sus­pects were al­ready in cus­tody on other charges and 21 are on the loose, Tate said.

All are charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, po­lice said. The charge is a first-de­gree felony pun­ish­able by up to 99 years in prison.

The oper­a­tion to crack down on peo­ple ped­dling K2 in the area is far from over, Tate said.

Most of the 36 peo­ple “are ei­ther users or low-level peo­ple who just hap­pened to pass (the drug) off,” he said. “The ma­jor peo­ple, the dis­trib­u­tors, those aren’t nec­es­sar­ily peo­ple who are in the Austin area. That’s why we’re work­ing with agen­cies on the fed­eral level, the state level and the lo­cal level in other cities.”

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