Undercover buys lead to synthetic marijuana charge

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Police in western Kentucky have charged a convenience store owner after making undercover purchases of substances known as synthetic marijuana.

Owensboro Police Sgt. Jeff Roby told the Messenger-Inquirer that detectives made purchases at several city retailers in October and sent the packets to the Kentucky State Police lab to be analyzed (http://bit.ly/unFTU3 ). Roby said the lab found that a packet labeled "Mad Hatter" contained a chemical, JWH-250, that is illegal in Kentucky.

Roby says police cited the owner of the store where it was found and removed the product from shelves.

Police conducted the sting after city officials expressed concern about synthetic marijuana. The area had a spike over the summer in the number of people treated in area emergency rooms after smoking it, the newspaper reported.

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