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MADISON — The Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) Unit and Department of Justice announced today the conclusion of a two month long investigation concerning the sale of synthetic cannabinoids—commonly known as “K2”--from gas stations in the Cities of Neenah and Menasha.
On Thursday, October 25, 2012 investigators from the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit served a search warrant on the BP gas station located at 1200 Plank Road, Menasha. 464 packets of synthetic cannabinoids, labeled for sale as “Madhatter,” “Amazing Grace,” “Green Buddha,” and “Grandpa's Recipe” were seized from the station as a result of this search warrant. Also on Thursday, October 25, 2012 a second search warrant was served at the Marathon gas station located at 309 1st Street, Neenah. 47 packets of synthetic cannabinoids were seized as a result of this search warrant.
The warrants arose from five undercover purchases of synthetic cannabinoids from 4 different employees at these gas stations over the past two months. One arrest was made during the service of these warrants. Charging decisions on the arrestee and the other 3 employees will be submitted to the Winnebago County District Attorney's Office.
The sale of synthetic cannabinoids from retail establishments, particularly gas stations, has been a recurring problem in the area. Owners of these establishments have been warned repeatedly to discontinue the sale of substances of this nature. Gas stations and retail establishments in possession of these substances also increase their risk of burglaries and robberies. The City of Menasha Police Department has responded to 5 burglaries at the Plank Road BP in the past several weeks.
Synthetic cannabinoids are a category of hallucinogenic drug that induce effects similar to marijuana, but with other side effects that include anxiety, tachycardia (irregular or rapid heartbeat), psychosis, and severe paranoia, among others. Several emergency room admissions have been documented over the past few years that have been directly attributed to the use of these substances.
Persons with information about the sale of synthetic cannabinoids are encouraged to contact law enforcement in their area.
The Lake Winnebago Area MEG is a collection of investigators from local law enforcement agencies within Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac, and Calumet Counties, dedicated to helping maintain a drug free environment in which our citizens can thrive. Information about the MEG and its participating law enforcement agencies is available at http://www.co.winnebago.wi.us/meg-unit .
Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Lake Winnebago Area MEG Unit, (920)751-6943. A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.