Shawnee police arrested a man during an undercover drug operation Tuesday when he sold them two bags of marijuana that was actually oregano.

Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said officers were working a sting and worked a deal to buy two pounds of marijuana.


Shawnee police arrested a man during an undercover drug operation Tuesday when he sold them two bags of marijuana that was actually oregano.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said officers were working a sting and worked a deal to buy two pounds of marijuana.
The alleged dealer sold them two bags of a green leafy substance for $250, but that substance wasn’t marijuana — it was oregano, the chief said.
Despite it being fake pot, the man, identified as Steven K. Dalton, 22, was arrested on a complaint of conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substance, Frantz said.
“He was trying to sell whether it was real dope or not,” Frantz said.
Dalton was booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center Tuesday evening and is set for a bond hearing Wednesday. The case will be turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration of any formal charges.
Frantz said Dalton has an Earlsboro address but was reportedly staying at the Kickapoo Motel, where officers conducted the sting.
“We’re continuing our fight on narcotics and criminal elements,” the chief said. And while police were somewhat surprised about the oregano, the chief said this isn’t the first time they’ve seen oregano being passed off as marijuana.
The operation was a joint effort between Shawnee police and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal police.