A Marionville business was raided by law enforcement officials on Monday, and two area men were arrested.
Officers from the Combined Ozarks Multiple Jurisdictional Enforcement Team (COMET), the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the Marionville Police Department and the Missouri Department of Revenue executed a search warrant at Atlantis Tattoo and Firearm Shop, located at 298 S. Highway 60 in Marionville. The warrant specified officers were targeting any illegal controlled substance that was stored or located on the premises.
Officers seized several packages of designer drugs, or synthetic substances typically called "herbal incense" and "K-2 alternatives." Two men were arrested on probable cause for possession and distribution of a controlled substance. Both men were taken to the Lawrence County Jail on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of charges by the Lawrence County Prosecutor's Office.
Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol COMET team have been conducting an ongoing investigation into the business and its continued sales of controlled substances. Despite warnings from the Marionville Police Department, the business continued to advertise and sell the products.
A citizen's complaint indicated middle school children were possessing and ingesting these products. Emergency services personnel had also responded to instances where patients had suffered adverse effects from the misuse of these products.
Although the products are labeled "not intended for human consumption" and "keep out of reach of children," Lawrence County law enforcement officials continue to be concerned over the availability of these designer drugs.
"Possession and use of these products, which contain prohibited ingredients, is a violation of Missouri state statutes and may result in felony charges," said Marionville Police Chief Mark Webb.
All forms of synthetic marijuana (K2) were banned in Missouri in August of 2011. These kinds of products are often sold under labels that state they do not contained banned substances. Some of these products are also marketed as bath salts.