Two men arrested as part of a synthetic pot bust in Asher have been formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
Charges were filed in the case Friday against Young Soon Kim, 58, and Joon Hee Kim, 31, both of Asher.
Both were arrested as part of an undercover bust Aug. 30 involving the sale of K2 or "Spice," which is a synthetic — and illegal — form of marijuana, according to Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth.
A tip led deputies, along with a drug task force agent and Asher police, to the Circle B store at 815 S. Highway 177, which is also listed as their home address. Arrests followed an undercover buy.
Young Kim faces three felony counts — distribution of controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute and acquiring proceeds from drug activity.
Joon Kim faces two felony charges of possession of controlled dangerous substance and acquiring proceeds from drug activity. Joon Kim is accused of possessing synthetic marijuana and of having proceeds from distribution of the drug.
Young Kim, who Booth reported is owner of the store, is accused of knowingly distributing synthetic marijuana to a drug task force investigator, charges show. He also is accused of acting in concert with Joon Kim by possessing the synthetic drug and acquiring proceeds.
Charges were declined against a store employee who was initially taken into custody as part of the case.
The sheriff, who said the 3-gram packages were being sold for $20 each, reported the store, on average, was selling six packages each day. More than 55 packages were confiscated on the day of the arrests.
Undersheriff Travis Palmer said K2 effects can be stronger than marijuana and it is considered an illegal Schedule I drug.
According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, K2 a synthetic blend of ethno botanicals found in herbs and plants and it is usually blended into a smokeable product that looks like a cross between marijuana, oregano, and tobacco.
According to reports online, K2 or Spice is sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Both Young Kim and Joon Kim posted bond and were released from the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center after their arrests.
Their next court dates haven't yet been scheduled.
If convicted, the defendants could face varying ranges of punishment from two years to life in prison.