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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    The Associated Press is reporting that Gate City police recently caught a man with 2,700 containers of synthetic marijuana in his van.

    The Virginia General Assembly banned synthetic marijuana last February.

    The man, Jeffery Stapleton of Kingsport, TN, told police he regularly delivers fake marijuana to merchants in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia, the AP reported.

    The Associated Press quoted Gate City police chief Kim Birchfield as saying that synthetic drugs are a problem throughout Southwest Virginia.

    The Roanoke County board of supervisors asked the general assembly to ban synthetic marijuana in the fall of 2010.

    Published: December 26, 2011



  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Gate City traffic stop nets 2,700 containers of synthetic drugs, arrest of alleged store supplier

    A Kingsport man was arrested on drug charges by Gate City police late Wednesday night after a search of his vehicle revealed a variety of narcotics, including approximately 2,700 separate containers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

    Jeffery A. Stapleton, no age given, of Kingsport, was taken into custody by the Gate City Police Department and charged with felony possession of synthetic narcotics after his 2005 Chevrolet 2500 van was stopped for an equipment violation on the U.S. 23 bypass in Gate City.

    According to authorities, a Gate City officer decided to conduct a search of Stapleton’s vehicle after noticing what appeared to be a silver handgun, a container of marijuana and pills in its center console.

    After asking Stapleton if he could retrieve the gun — which turned out to be a toy — the officer said he noticed a container of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

    Authorities said that discovery prompted a search of the van’s cockpit, which allegedly turned up additional quantities of the synthetic marijuana. Bath salts and other various drug paraphernalia was also allegedly found in the vehicle.

    Stapleton reportedly told authorities that he was aware of the items in his vehicle and that he supplied those items, and others, to convenience stores in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.

    Authorities said Stapleton compared himself to a middle man, and said he sold the items to local stores as needed and usually made his rounds every three weeks.

    A further search of the vehicle allegedly revealed 2,700 different containers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. Authorities said packages ranged from 1 gram to 10 grams in weight and consisted of over 40 brands.

    Gate City police said the K2 is known to sell for around $10 per gram.

    Authorities seized Stapleton’s van as well as $13,640 in cash they said he made through selling the products.

    Stapleton is scheduled to appear in Scott County Circuit Court on Dec. 27 for arraignment.

    By Wes Bunch
    Published December 23rd, 2011

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