A man from Springfield received a five-year prison sentence with no chance of parole for participating in a conspiracy to distribute more than $1.6 million in synthetic marijuana, also called K2.
Prosecutors say Donald Parrett, 43, owned Head Kase stores in Springfield and Joplin, where he managed the wholesale and retail distribution of K2.Two of his sale clerks, Clyde Hicks, 53, of Aurora, and Lola Hall, 44, of Ozark, received probation on Wednesday for the same charge. Making over $1.6 million dollars, Parrett paid at least $570,439 to at least nine separate distributors for his supply of the synthetic drugs. Read more from KY3 here.
K2 is a type of synthetic marijuana that combines a wide variety of herbal mixtures that are “not for human consumption”. K2 uses dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives to create a mind-altering effect. Because these mixtures had no medical benefit and high opportunity for abuse, the Drug Enforcement Agency made buying, selling or possessing K2 illegal. Spice is popular, especially among younger generations, due to easy access, the misconception of “natural” substances and because synthetics are not tested for in the typical 5-panel urine test.
This study, from the University of Michigan in 2012, shows the popularity of synthetic marijuana in comparison to other illicit drugs.
Because the chemical composition of K2 differs, the full danger of doing synthetic marijuana is unknown. Spice abusers report symptoms that can be very dangerous to the workplace or school building: vomiting, agitation, confusion, hallucinations, and rapid heart rate (to name a few). This addictive drug can create long term health problems for the user and dangerous situations for their workplace.
Catching K2 in the Workplace:
Employee Screening Services offers a 12-panel drug test that tests for spice, k2, and bath salts, as well as prescription drugs, THC, opiates, cocaine, PCP, amphetamine, and more. For more information on how to keep K2 out of your workplace or school, contact us today.