The Rogers County Sheriff’s office busted a Foyil business owner Friday for the distribution of synthetic drug, K2.
Mohammed Nurul Islam, of Owasso, was taken into custody for charges including distribution of a controlled drug.
Islam is the owner of the Okie Mart, a convenience store, located along Highway 66 in Foyil.
On November 1, 2010, House Bill 3241 took affect outlawing the ingredients in K2.
K2, otherwise known as synthetic marijuana or spice, has become a problem for law enforcement.
The drug is illegal in Oklahoma, but still sold online.
There have been about 200 types of synthetic drugs outlawed in Oklahoma over the past three years, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
The team of officers searched the business and a residence in Owasso finding significant evidence, according to Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
More than 500 grams of the illegal substance was seized in the search. The drug has a street value of $15 a gram or approximately $7,500, Walton said.
The suspect’s store had been selling the drug to area residents including school age students, according to deputies on the scene.
A safe located in the floor of the business opened revealing a large stash of drugs, according to deputies.
Four large plastic grocery bags were found filled with individual packets of the drug.
One parent was reported on the scene after the arrest. The man was cooperating with investigators claiming his daughter became ill after smoking the drug.
Other witnesses provided similar stories about the use of K2 in the area, according to deputies.
“I am thankful for the support of the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office and the community,” Walton said. “Thank you to the good people of Foyil, who have had their lives affected by this. Thanks for working with us to remove this danger from the community.”
Reports from local emergency rooms showed individuals became ill after smoking the substance, according to the officers.
The store was selling the drug to anyone who had money to buy it, not discriminating and providing it to all ages, according to officials.
Foyil High School is located across Highway 66 less than 700 yards from the business, according to Walton.
State law allows for a stiffer penalty for those selling drugs within 1,000 yards of a school, according to Walton.
“K2 has been an ongoing problem,” Walton said. “Any of these criminal enterprises are a target of our task force and efforts are underway to make these type of operations difficult to exist.”
The search uncovered an illegal gambling operation in addition to the drugs, according to Walton.
The agency seized two electronic gambling machines, cash registers and several other items used in the operation.