K-2 Drug Bust in Marion County
Published September 17th, 2013
Three men are in jail after investigators said they ran a synthetic marijuana operation in Marion County.
Investigators believe the men were manufacturing the illegal drug at the closed- down business located on County Road 484.
On Monday night at 7:30 p.m. a concerned citizen gave a tip about some men loading up drugs at an abandoned donut shop.
Soon after deputies arrived and saw the three men loading thousands of synthetic marijuana packets inside a U-haul.
"They mentioned that they were loading the stuff to take to Tampa. They didn't know what was going on and that they didn't have any idea, but the more they talked we realized they know a little bit more than what's happening here. At that point they decided to shut up," said Judge Cochran who is the public information officer with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Once the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team arrived, they found more than 11,000 K-2 packages. All ready to be sold.
Deputies arrested 41-year- old Fares Rabah, 36 -year -old Ahmed Mohsin and 27 -year -old Ahmad Warayat.
Each is charged with unlawful possesion of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two of the men are from Tampa. The other is from Texas.
"K-2 is synthetic marijuana. It's been a big problem all over the United States," said Major Thomas Bibbs.
"It makes me afraid for my kids. I have a three and a half and a five -year -old and I think if it's already this bad now, how bad is it going to be when they are teens," said resident Jacqueline Little.
Investigators confiscated scales, containers filled with K-2 and several cement mixers used to make synthetic marijuana. Some of the packages investigators found are labeled "Scooby Snax" "Caution" and "Joker."
"They are packaging it to target our youth and we want to stop it. This is a great effort by the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team," said Sgt. Angy Scroble who is the public information officer with the Ocala Police Department.
"We are getting more and more off the streets, but if it's in your neighborhood it's a big problem," said Major Bibbs.
Deputies don't yet know how long the operation had been going on.
This drug bust comes days after the Marion County Sheriff's Office and Ocala Police Department arrested 13 people who were selling synthetic marijuana at local gas stations.
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