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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Montanez, Stephanie

PIO on call 
News Date: 1/27/2012 

 Four Polk County men arrested for sale of synthetic cannabinoids (K-2) 


 Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested four men at two convenience store locations for selling synthetic cannabinoid substances, often referred to as “K-2.”  The two convenience stores are: The Beverage Castle, 525 S. Lake Shore Way, Lake Alfred and The Sunoco Superway #6 Store at 201 Dundee Road, Dundee.  Detectives responded to the stores based on information provided by citizens (Sunoco Superway, Dundee) and by the Lake Alfred Police Department (Beverage Castle, Lake Alfred).  The four arrested yesterday evening (booking photos attached), January 26, 2012, and their charges are:

Kinjal M. Patel (DOB 12.05.1979), 1128 Brenton Manor Drive, Winter Haven (Sunoco, Dundee)

            Possession of imitation controlled substance (4 counts) F/3

            Imitation controlled substance with intent to sell/give (4 counts) F/3

            Possession Controlled substance analog with intent to sell/give (4 counts) F/3

            Sale/give of a controlled substance analog (4 counts) F/3

            Unlawful use of a two-way communication device F/3

            Solicitation of a lewd act (2 counts) F/3

 Viral M. Patel (DOB 11.26.1977), 5073 Brenton Manor Ave., Winter Haven (Sunoco, Dundee)

            Possession of imitation controlled substance (2 counts) F/3

            Imitation controlled substance with intent to sell/give (2 counts) F/3

            Possession Controlled substance analog with intent to sell/give (2 counts) F/3

            Sale/give of a controlled substance analog (2 counts) F/3

 Kelvin Patel (DOB 12.19.1986), 3643 Queens Cove Blvd., Winter Haven (Beverage Castle, Lake Alfred)

             Possession of imitation controlled substance (2 counts) F/3

            Imitation controlled substance with intent to sell/give (2 counts) F/3

            Possession Controlled substance analog with intent to sell/give (2 counts) F/3

            Sale/give of a controlled substance analog (2 counts) F/3

Vishnubhai Patel (DOB 06.21.1960), 3643 Queens Cove Blvd., Winter Haven (Beverage Castle, Lake Alfred)

            Possession of imitation controlled substance (1 count) F/3

            Imitation controlled substance with intent to sell/give (1 count) F/3

            Possession Controlled substance analog with intent to sell/give (1 count) F/3

            Sale/give of a controlled substance analog (1 count) F/3

Undercover PCSO detectives purchased various synthetic cannabinoid products from both stores on a number of separate occasions.  The products are sold in small bags or small jars and appear as a green leafy substance similar to marijuana prepared for smoking.  The green leafy substance is sprayed by the manufacturers with synthetic cannabinoid substances (chemically similar to the chemical compounds in marijuana) that produce a “high” when smoked.  Among the products sold/purchased were:  “D-ZL Green Apple High Quality Damiana, D-ZL High Quality Damiana, Mr. Happy, G-13, and K-ZL High Quality Damiana.” 

Several samples of the products were taken to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab where they were tested.  They were identified as containing the controlled substance analog substance known as AM-2201.  According to the lab report:  “AM-2201 is substantially similar to JWH-018, a controlled substance listed in Schedule I of section 893.03, Florida Statutes.  AM-2201 has a stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic effect on the central nervous system substantially similar to or greater than JWH-018.  AM-2201 has a high potential for abuse, and constitutes a risk to the public health.  Tolerance builds up quickly to its effects, and convulsions have been reported at doses exceeding 10 milligrams.  There also have been anecdotal reports of individuals experiencing panic attacks and vomiting at does as small as 2 milligrams.”  

Kinjal M. Patel (Sunoco Superway, Dundee), in addition to the imitation controlled substance and analog substance charges, was also arrested for unlawful use of a two-way communication device and solicitation to commit a lewd act.  He twice offered a female undercover detective (via text messaging) that he would provide her free K-2 in exchange for sex acts.  After Kinjal M. Patel was arrested, he told detectives that he knew it was illegal to sell K-2.

Viral Patel (Sunoco Superway, Dundee) told detectives that “weed” (marijuana) was better than K-2, and when asked why he sold K-2, he stated “I’d put s*** in a bag if it made me money.”  Prior to his arrest, Viral Patel stated that he “was just trying to make some money to pay the debt we owed,” and that they had been “selling K-2 for the past few months.” 

Kelvin Patel (Beverage Castle) admitted to undercover detectives that he was selling K-2 inside the store, however he stopped two or three months prior because he heard that K-2 was “bad stuff” and did not want to sell it anymore.  Vishnubhai Patel told detectives prior to his arrest that he had heard about K-2 but that they did not sell it at the Beverage Castle.

Detectives on Thursday, January 26, 2012 located and seized a case of K-2 synthetic cannabinoids at the Sunoco Superway in Dundee.  Detectives did not find any K-2 at the Lake Alfred Beverage Castle Thursday.

“We’ve given numerous warnings to businesses in Polk County not to sell these dangerous and illegal substances.  Over the last several weeks, in the aftermath of the young man who drowned after smoking K-2, we’ve again checked virtually all convenience stores in Polk County.  Nearly 100% of these businesses recognize that ‘K-2’ is illegal and they don’t sell it.  For those who do sell it, we will charge them appropriately.  We will continue to check stores and make sure they are complying with the law.”  —Grady Judd, Sheriff