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Atoka pair charged with manufacturing, selling synthetic drugs

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Travis Fox and Jason Forbess, both 36 and from Atoka, have been charged in a two-count indictment with manufacturing and distributing synthetic drugs and employing minors to distribute synthetic drugs, announced Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant.

The indictment alleges that beginning in April of 2009, Fox and Forbess manufactured and distributed synthetic drugs often known by the street names “Spice” or “K2.” These drugs mimic the hallucinogenic effects of marijuana with the added side effects of hallucinations, seizures, and dependency/addiction not usually associated with marijuana users.

Fox and Forbess allegedly marketed and sold their products across the United States on their various internet websites. Beginning in 2013, Fox and Forbess employed minors to help distribute the synthetic drugs.

“Synthetic drugs and other designer drugs are devastating communities across the United States. Synthetic drugs have been especially harmful to high school kids because the products are marketed as ‘legal’ marijuana, when, in fact, these substances are extremely dangerous and illegal,” said Dunavant.

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA investigated the case. Special Assistant United States Attorney Samuel R. Stringfellow is the prosecutor.

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