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Police: Two Floyd Co. men selling synthetic drugs

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Two Floyd County men are now facing charges for synthetic drugs.

On Wednesday Prestonsburg Police got a tip that the Tobacco Express was selling synthetic drugs, and they say when they searched the place that is exactly what they found.

"There were some located in the store in a coffee can as well as another box of the product was located hidden in the ceiling," said Detective Adam Dixon.

They say they found nearly 80 packets of the drugs. They arrested store owner William Spradlin.

"These shops know that they can't be doing this. In fact he made it clear in his statement that he knew he was doing it illegally," said Assistant Police Chief Bryan Hall.

Then Thursday afternoon they got an arrest warrant for the former Smoke Shack owner Thomas Jeffrey Jones. As we reported previously that store was busted twice last May for allegedly selling thousands of dollars worth of the drugs.

"That investigation actually came to us through packages that were being sent through the FedEx shipping hub here," said Det. Dixon.

But they say they found out Jones was still having the drugs shipped to his other business, an accounting firm.

Police say it is a growing problem to find these synthetic cannibinoids in tobacco stores and they say many times people claim they do not know they are illegal.

"This stuff is more harmful than regular marijuana. It has been proven to be deadly on more more than one occasion," said Hall.

Both men are charged with trafficking in a synthetic cannibinoid which is a class A misdemeanor.

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