SPRINGFIELD — A 71-year-old manager of a Springfield store in the latest suspect to be charged with selling synthetic marijuana in Central Illinois.
Letha Dean of Salisbury faces charges in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois accusing her of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Dean is the eighth suspect charged in connection with an ongoing multi-agency task force investigating the distribution of synthetic cannabinoids known as Spice or K2.
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program is led by the DEA with the Illinois attorney general’s investigations unit. The Illinois State Police, FBI and Decatur and Springfield police departments are part of the task force along with the IRS.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass is handling the federal drug cases.
Dean was arrested April 13 at Mystic Enchantments, a Springfield shop where an undercover officer allegedly purchased 520 packets of synthetic marijuana from Dean for $5,000.
After Dean’s arrest, agents searched the business and seized more than 1,400 additional packets of the drug from the back room, bringing the total amount of suspected synthetic marijuana to 11,800 grams, or about 26 pounds.
In February, four men were indicted, including two Decatur men, for conspiracy to possess