Tahlequah business served warrant for illegal substances
12/3/2012 8:34:50 AM
 
Members of law enforcement agencies take merchandise from a United Parcel Service worker on Nov. 27 in Tahlequah, Okla. The package was to be delivered to Outer Zone, a head shop, but shop workers declined to take it. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Members of law enforcement agencies take merchandise from a United Parcel Service worker on Nov. 27 in Tahlequah, Okla. The package was to be delivered to Outer Zone, a head shop, but shop workers declined to take it. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BY JAMI CUSTER Reporter TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – On Nov. 27, the drug task force of the District Attorney’s Office for District 27, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Tahlequah Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control served a warrant and confiscated several items from at local head shop. Outer Zone, located at 1014 S. Muskogee Ave., was served with the warrant from the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office for possible merchandise being sold that can be used as an inhalant. “The investigation concerned the sale of certain synthetic cannabinoids also known as spice also known as K2. It’s got a number of names,” District Attorney Brian Kuester said. Kuester said a sting-type investigation occurred earlier, which led to the warrant’s issuance and execution. A similar investigation also occurred at an Outer Zone near Moffett in Sequoyah County at 10 a.m. on same day, he added. “In Roland, we did one simultaneously this morning,” Kuester said. He said officers were ordered to continue searching the business to determine what could be seized. “I think it will take a little bit of time. We could be here for awhile,” Kuester said. “If there’s evidence to support criminal charges against the owner, if the evidence shows that there should be criminal charges filed against the employee who was here at the time that’s a possibility. There are a number of possibilities…it will be awhile before the DA’s office and the prosecutorial function receives the entire report and a prosecutor makes a decision as to what charges to file and who to charge.” According to business license with the City of Tahlequah and the Sequoyah County Sherriff’s Department, Brenda Jason and Cecil Tuck Jr. are the owners of the Outer Zone businesses. At the time of publication, the investigation of the inventory had not been completed. Synthetic cannabis is a psychoactive designer drug derived of natural herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, allegedly mimic the effects of cannabis.

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