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Synthetic Drug Arrest

On 03/15/2014, after nearly a month long drug investigation, the Fairfield Police Department executed a search warrant at The Snack Shack, located at 102 N Court Street in Fairfield. Items seized included several packages of synthetic marijuana, which was being sold as “potpourri”, paraphernalia, and other synthetic drug related items.

Johnny MacShane Kempf (34), of Ottumwa was arrested and charged with Delivery of Sythetics, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison. THE FAIRFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS A CRIMINAL CHARGE IS MERELY AN ACCUSATION AND THE DEFENDANT IS PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL AND UNLESS PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW.

The Police Department would like to thank Mount Pleasant Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, New London Police Department, and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office for their help in this investigation.

The Police Department would like to caution parents to look out for packages of “potpourri” in their children’s possession. These packages may have names such as “Burnt Out” and “Mind Trip”. This synthetic marijuana is sold under many more names, but they will all have one thing in common. On these packages there will be writing claiming that the product is “Not for Human Consumption”.

These packages often contain a plant like material, that is mixed with unknown chemical compounds, resulting in a mixture that, when ingested, can cause a feeling of being intoxicated much like marijuana users feel. However, the unknown chemical compounds can be extremely powerful, and there is often a great risk of side effects and overdose. Many individuals experience paranoia, delusions, and suicidal thoughts that did not go away for up to a week. Others, however, were not so lucky, with symptoms persisting up to three months after the exposure.