On Saturday, after nearly a month long drug investigation, the Fairfield Police Department executed a search warrant at The Snack Shack, located on North Court Street in Fairfield. Several packages of synthetic marijuana, which was being sold as ??potpourri??, paraphernalia and other synthetic drug related items were seized.
As a result of the search, Johnny MacShane Kempf, 34, of Ottumwa, was arrested and charged with Delivery of Synthetics, an Aggravated Misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison.
The Fairfield P.D. 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 do not go away for up to a week. Others can have symptoms persisting up to three months after exposure.The Fairfield Police Department would like to thank the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff??s Office, the New London Police Department and the Jefferson County Attorney??s Office for their help in the investigation.(Information provided by Fairfield Police Department)