Police seize synthetic marijuana
FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Police Department executed a search warrant Saturday at The Snack Shack and seized a number of packages containing synthetic marijuana.
According to a press release from the police department, the synthetic marijuana was being sold as potpourri. The police also seized drug paraphernalia. The Snack Shack is located at 102 N. Court St. in Fairfield.
As a result of the search warrant, Johnny MacShane Kempf, 34, of Ottumwa was arrested and charged with delivery of synthetics, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The press release indicated the police have been making a concerted effort to educate parents about synthetic marijuana disguised as potpourri. Common names for this kind of marijuana include “Burnt Out” and “Mind Trip.”
“This synthetic marijuana is sold under many more names, but they will all have one thing in common,” the press release stated. “On these packages there will be writing claiming that the product is ‘not for human consumption.’”
The packages often contain a plant like material that is mixed with unknown chemical compounds, resulting in a mixture that, when ingested, can cause a feeling of being intoxicated much like marijuana, according to the press release. However, the unknown chemical compounds can be extremely powerful, and there is often a great risk of side effects and overdose.
The press release indicated many individuals experience paranoia, delusions, and suicidal thoughts that did not go away for up to a week. Others, however, were not so lucky, with symptoms persisting up to three months after the exposure.
The Fairfield Police Department conducted the search warrant Saturday after a month-long investigation that included assistance from the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the New London Police Department, and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.