LINCOLN COUNTY TRIO CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

On March 25, narcotic investigators responded to a residence along the 100 block of St. Michele St, in Hawk Point, after receiving several complaints of the sale of synthetic cannabinoids.

Upon arrival, investigators located an unresponsive person in the passenger seat of a vehicle sitting on the driveway.  The person was later identified as 50-year-old Arlo Martin, of Hawk Point.

While dealing with Martin, 34-year-old Frank Hedges, of Hawk Point, walked out of the residence toward the vehicle.  Investigators asked Hedges if there was anything illegal in the residence which he responded, “A little bit.”  Hedges gave investigators consent to search the residence.

Investigators knocked on the residence’s door and 29-year-old Tanya Bounds, of Hawk Point, answered.  Detectives could smell a chemical odor emitting from the front door, observed several plastic containers containing a green vegetable substance and drug paraphernalia lying about the living room.

Bounds said the bowls contained “fake weed,” which accounted for almost three pounds of synthetic cannabinoids.  In addition, investigators seized a digital scale commonly used for street level distribution.

Also in the residence was a 14-month old female who had a play area next to the synthetic cannabinoids.  The female was taken into protective custody.

Hedges told investigators he purchased the synthetic cannabinoids for $900 from a gas station in St. Louis, and repackage it.

Investigators found cellophane packages labeled “Cotton Balls” and Scooby Snax” which are consistent with sales and possession of synthetic cannabinoids.

Bounds is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance, Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bounds is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry set bond at $5,000 cash or surety.  Other conditions of bond may apply.

Martin is charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bounds is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry set bond at $10,000 cash only.  Other conditions of bond may apply.

Hedges is charged with delivery of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Keeping or Maintaining a Public Nuisance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Bounds is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail.  Honorable Judge Greg Allsberry set bond at $10,000 cash only.  Other conditions of bond may apply.

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