NEWARK — Two teenagers accused of stealing synthetic marijuana and other items from a Newark convenience store were charged with breaking and entering.
Early Saturday, police said a 17-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy broke into Stop Mart, 413 Mount Vernon Road, to steal 167 packages of synthetic marijuana, called K2 incense, posh or spice, Licking County Juvenile Court Administrator Dave Edelblute said.
The 17-year-old pleaded “deny” on one count of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, during an arraignment in Licking County Probate Judge Robert Hoover’s courtroom Monday afternoon. He is being held in the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster, pending his July 18 trial.
“He’s also basically been on the run and living in an abandoned home,” Christian said, while recommending that that 17-year-old be held in detention.
They reportedly broke the windows to enter the store, then left in a vehicle after the theft, Newark Detective Sgt. Dave Haren said.
In November, the Drug Enforcement Administration temporarily banned five chemicals typically found in synthetic marijuana for a year, making the possession or selling of the products that contain those chemicals illegal, said Barbara Carreno, spokeswoman for the DEA.”all these synthetic drugs should be presumed to be unsafe,” she said, adding that they cause hallucinations and other side effects that marijuana doesn’t.
The ban has done little to deter local sales.
While the chemicals are banned, they aren’t necessarily in each K2 incense, posh or spice product, Carreno said. But a store could be in trouble if any of the chemicals are in the product on its shelves.
“Any store owner who sells something like this is vulnerable to prosecution if the product they’re carrying is illegal,” she said.