OKLAHOMA CITY - State and federal agents raided three metro smoke shops accused of selling synthetic marijuana known as K2.
NewsChannel 4’s cameras were rolling as agents arrived to round up the suspects.
Multiple law enforcement officers were still at the Mr. Coolz store late Tuesday afternoon, collecting possible evidence.
The owners and clerks were arrested.
They are facing numerous charges including racketeering for what investigators call a multi-million dollar illegal drug operation.
Investigators seized K2, drug paraphernalia, and financial records.
The stores are located in the 1100 block of S. Eastern, 8900 block of S. Western and N.W. 32nd and N. May.
The attorney general has been investigating the Mr. Coolz tobacco stores since December, when they got multiple complaints from people concerned about what the owners were really selling. Several undercover agents were able to buy K2 under the counter.
“They’re also doing search warrants on some of the owner's homes, so they'll be seizing money, guns, financial records, and boats and vehicles from those residences,” Assistant Attorney General Megan Tilly said.
The owners are also accused of laundering millions of dollars in unlawful proceeds from selling illegal drugs.
By Tuesday afternoon, owners John Roddy, William J. Martin, William J. Martin III and Montessa Chamberlin were arrested for racketeering.
Two clerks were also arrested for distributing controlled dangerous substances.
Reports show K2 has similar effects as real marijuana, and it’s particularly dangerous for teens who are the primary buyers.
“Unlike marijuana where you have drug dealers, these are businesses that are allegedly selling these that young people have easy access to,” Tilly said.
Mr. Coolz has been in business since 2010.
Over the next few weeks, investigators will go through everything seized and send off the drugs to the lab for testing.
Prosecutors have 10 days to file charges.