Platte City tobacco shop manager charged with possessing K2 - KCTV5

Platte City tobacco shop manager charged with possessing K2

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A manager of a Platte City tobacco shop has been charged with possession of K2, also known as synthetic marijuana.

Claude F. Collins Jr., 45, of Leavenworth, allegedly sold the drug and other synthetic drugs from the business location in April 2011, before the business closed earlier this year.

Charges were filed following a lengthy investigation by the Platte City Police Department and the Platte County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said.

According to court documents, in April 2011, police located K2 and other synthetic drugs in three different traffic stops. Each of the people stopped said they purchasing the drugs from the Tobacco Shop, located at 200 Branch Street in Platte City.

An undercover detective purchased synthetic drugs at the Tobacco Shop in May and July of 2011, after being escorted into a back room, where the products were kept.

Authorities then served a search warrant at the Tobacco Shop in July 2011 when several brands of synthetic drugs were found.  The synthetic drugs were in packaged amounts ranging from one to ten grams, police said.

"Synthetic drugs like K-2 and bath salts are as dangerous - if not more dangerous - than other illegal drugs. And even though they have recently been sold in tobacco shops and convenience stores, no buyer or seller should operate under the illusion that they are legal," Zahnd said in a written statement.

Collins was arrested Monday and released after posting a $10,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

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