36 charged in ongoing crackdown on K2 sales
Police working with state, federal agencies to target distributors.
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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