Lakeland Criminal Defense Lawyer Recounts Shut Down Of Synthetic Cannabis K2 Processing Factory
Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 7 , 2013 – Just about a half million dollars was seized in a synthetic cannabis factory in Dunnellon.
“Dunnellon is a quiet little place, complete with a doughnut shop on SW Highway 484. At least people thought it was a doughnut shop, until they witnessed what they felt were odd activities at the location. One individual was certain she saw K2, not the usual pastries,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney.
Local law enforcement took an interest after one neighbor alerted them to the possibility that the doughnut shop was now a synthetic cannabis factory. It appeared those using the location were loading their vehicles and making preparations to leave the area. The police got there before they could make a getaway and discovered a major K2 processing plant full of bagged product ready to be sold.
As the site was being taken apart, police videotaped the scene, taking shots of the processing and packaging areas and large bins, filled to the brim with dried leaves, flavoring syrups, household chemicals, and food coloring. There appeared to be nothing natural about the end product in bags. Evidently, those behind the plant sold synthetic cannabis in various flavors.
It is a major task trying to catalog all of the evidence found at the old bakery, which also included raw leaves waiting to be processed with the addition of chemicals. It would also be an even larger task clearing out the building of all the drug paraphernalia on the premises. “The key point in this round of arrests is that there appears to have been no one on the premises at the time of the raid. Police only have descriptions of those involved from the neighbors. There could well be a case of mistaken identities in a situation such as this,” stated Grajek.
Even though the facts of the case appear to be clear — that there was a synthetic cannabis packaging operation in the old doughnut shop — it may be questionable whether or not the three men charged were the ones seen coming and going from the premises. The three men are entitled, by law, to a defense, as they are innocent until proven guilty.