West Springfield District Police have arrested a 59-year-old Burke woman for the illegal possession and sale of synthetic marijuana, also known as K-2.
Detectives received an anonymous tip through Crime Solvers in early October. The tip alleged that Un Y. Lahr was selling the illegal substance to students at .
Detectives conducted a detailed investigation and determined Lahr would only sell the synthetic substance to teenagers and students who presented college identification. George Mason University Police assisted Fairfax County Police detectives in the investigation. Several purchases of synthetic marijuana were made by an undercover officer.
Detectives served a search warrant at Lee’s Market on Thursday, November 3. Pursuant to the search warrant, they seized a large quantity of synthetic marijuana, currency and drug paraphernalia.
Further investigation led them to two residences owned by Lahr. Consent searches at both homes resulted in the seizure of additional synthetic marijuana, currency and drug paraphernalia. The synthetic marijuana has a street value of approximately $20,000. Numerous additional substances were seized that are awaiting lab analysis.
Lahr was transported to the Adult Detention Center and charged with possession with the intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of distribution of synthetic marijuana.
In March of this year, Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law a new statute (18.2-248.1:1) that made the manufacturing, possession and distribution of products containing synthetic cannabinoids illegal. There are nine different chemicals in this statute that are now illegal. These synthetic cannabinoids create effects similar to THC, found in marijuana. They are sold illegally under a variety of different names, such as K-2.