OTTUMWA — The four people charged last week with selling synthetic marijuana have pleaded not guilty.
Jesse Leon, Brooke Ellis, Christopher Wood and Nathan Noe face a range of charges in the case, in which authorities say they were selling K2. Officers searched multiple residences as part of the investigation, as well as Smoke N Go in the 200 block of East Main Street.
The warrants resulted in seizure of several thousand packages of K2, according to a press release by the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force.
But what is K2? The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines it as a mixture including psychoactive ingredients that produces a high similar to marijuana. It is also known as “spice.” The federal government has designated five active chemicals most often used in the mixture as Schedule I substances. That designation means they have no valid medical purpose and a high potential for abuse.
Leon faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, failure to affix a tax stamp and delivery of imitation controlled substances.
Ellis faces charges of possession of a controlled substance and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.
Noe faces four counts of delivery of imitation controlled substances, while Wood faces one count.
All have waived their preliminary hearings.