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Stories Added - November 2010
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LIVINGSTON — Livingston police officers charged the manager of a local convenience store for a second time for selling synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as K2, after finding the contraband Oct. 30. Lt. Matt Parrish said the Livingston Police Department had received several complaints that K2 was being sold at Z’s Food Mart at the intersection of South Washington and South Houston. Sgt. Darrell Newman and Jason Thomas set up surveillance on the store on Oct. 30 when Newman noticed unusual activity involving people making several trips back and forth to cars in the parking lot. Officers located 100 grams of K2 product in the possession of Maaz M. Moonis, 24, of Cleveland, the manager of the convenience store. The Livingston City Council passed on ordinance July 13 making the use, possession, purchase, sale, display, attempted sale or barter of synthetic marijuana a Class C misdemeanor under the Health and Safety Code. Violation carries a fine of up to $2,000. The ordinance includes all parts of the salvia divinorum or Salvinorum A plant as well as extracts, salts, seeds or other derivatives as well as all synthetic cannabinoids or mimicking compounds, or substances containing the HU-210 compound. The ordinance refers to reports from the National Drug Intelligence Center that K-2 has caused hallucinations, vomiting, agitation, panic attacks, dangerously rapid heart rates, seizures and other serious health problems. Also in the last week, Livingston police located a wanted suspect at the front office of Timber Creek Elementary on Oct. 29, police reports show. Tchalla Rashaed Washington, 29, of Livingston had three outstanding arrest warrants obtained by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He was arrested by Kevin Blackburn and turned over to the Polk County Jail.