Whitesburg KY

Man charged with selling fake pot that overdoses 3; youth’s condition critical

A preliminary hearing is set for August 14 for a 64-year-old Jenkins man who is accused of selling synthetic marijuana to three people who overdosed on the product over the weekend.

During the preliminary hearing in Letcher District Court, Norman L. Monroe, of 106 Smokey Row, is scheduled to answer to charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of synthetic drugs and trafficking synthetic drugs.

Monroe was arrested after a warrant to search his home was obtained by the Jenkins Police Department after Monroe allegedly sold synthetic marijuana to an informant. Police were told that the three males who overdosed bought synthetic marijuana labeled “Chill Out” from Monroe, said Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens.

While searching Monroe’s home at 2:30 a.m. on August 4, police found nine bags of “Chill Out” synthetic marijuana in addition to pills, cash and guns, said Stephens. Marked bills used during the controlled buy were also found during the search, Stephens said.

A 15-year-old male who overdosed Saturday night remains in intensive care at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington where he is listed in critical condition.

Jenkins residents Richard Earl Mullins Jr. and Daniel Lee Woods have both been charged with public intoxication (controlled substance). Mullins, 21, of 224 Wrights Hollow, and Woods, 33, of 134 Libby Lane, both told Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis that they had taken two hits of “Chill Out.”

Mullins and Woods were found lying on the shoulder of Cove Road unresponsive Friday night. Mullins was not breathing when Davis arrived on scene and CPR was performed. He was transported by ambulance to Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital. Mullins was cited and not arrested because of medical reasons.

Woods was breathing, but unresponsive.

“After getting (Woods) revived and alert, he had slurred speech, glassy eyes and was slobbering,” Davis wrote in an arrest citation.

Woods refused medical treatment.

A fourth person overdosed over the weekend in Jenkins, but Stephens hasn’t linked the synthetic marijuana to Monroe. A woman who overdosed on synthetic marijuana was found in a vehicle in the Burdine area Saturday afternoon. She was treated at the Whitesburg hospital and released.

Stephens said this particular type of synthetic marijuana, which is labeled as potpourri and not for human consumption, is either more potent than others or contains a different ingredient.

“ It makes them extremely nauseous and they get dizzy,” said Stephens. “Don’t be smoking this stupid stuff.”

Monroe remains lodged in the Letcher County Jail. Bond is $100,000 cash.

The case is under investigation by Jenkins Police Corporal Josh Richardson. Neon Police Department assisted with the execution of the search warrant.

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