Three arrested in Tazewell County on synthetic drug charges

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Update: April 13, 2018 at 1:10 P.M.

Two other people were also arrested in connection to this case. Rachel Spires and Richard Booth are charged with aggravated battery and delivery or possession with intent to deliver.

Spires and Booth allegedly sold synthetic cannabis that resulted in severe hemorrhaging to numerous people. 

April 13, 2018 at 10:22 A.M.

A man is behind bars after seizing more than 7,000 grams of K2, testing positive for FUB-AMB, a controlled substance.  

Recently, the danger presented by synthetic drugs commonly referred to as K2 or spice has been highly publicized by recent deaths. 

An investigation by the Pekin Police Department arising from the death of Anthony Phillips resulted in Lonnie K. Smith bring charged with Drug Induced Homicide, Aggravated Battery and Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

He will appear on these charges at 1:00 PM Friday at the Tazewell County Justice Center. 

Smith could spend anywhere from six to 30 years in jail.

From the Pekin Police Department: “The distribution of these illegal drugs represent an unacceptable risk to public safety, and dealers must be held criminally responsible for their conduct.”

This story will be updated as the story develops.

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