Wichita County D.A.'s Office Displays Seized K2 from Recent Sting Operation

Synthetic marijuana, or K2, is a big drug on the streets.
And that drug resulted in a big sting operations that put nearly half a dozen Wichita Falls store owners and employees in jail.
But as Mechell Dixon reports, the Wichita County District Attorney is using these raids to show parents how criminals are profiting off of teens.

The Wichita County District Attorney's office says there's a message behind this display of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

"I wanted the public to see the magnitude of what's going on in our small community," says Maureen Shelton, Wichita County district attorney.

Dozens of colorful K2 packages and nearly half a million dollars in cash are what officials seized during a recent sting operation.
On Wednesday, law and drug enforcement officials raided six Wichita Falls stores where the district attorney's office says undercover officers purchased synthetic marijuana on several occasions.

"It's very serious and people need to understand brain damage and death can result if you just smoke one time.  You can die from it," Shelton says.

The result was the arrest of nine people who were owners and employees in the raided stores.
Officials say this display of drugs and money is from only two of the six stores targeted in the sting operation.
And the D.A. says parents need to know how some store owners are using this to prey on their children.

"These convenience store owners are... it's a business.  They're making hundreds of thousands of dollars off our kids and their mental health," Shelton adds.

And officials hope by showing parents the packaging of this potentially deadly drug they will know what to look for and protect their kids.

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