Ten accused of dealing K2 in Austin, 7 still at large

Austin police issue warrants for 10 accused of being K2 dealers. Three have already been arrested. (Austin Police Photo)
Austin police issue warrants for 10 accused of being K2 dealers. Three have already been arrested. (Austin Police Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department has named 10 people accused of dealing K2 in Austin.

Seven of the suspects are still at large. Jermaine Edmon, Jordan King and Michael Green have been arrested. The following names were released by Austin police on Thursday:

  • Marco Davis, 39
  • Danion East, 24
  • Sidney Franklin, 58
  • Tajay Stephens, 25
  • Michael Green, 45
  • Montrel McCoy, 37
  • Jordan King, 22
  • Destiny Coleman, 20
  • Larry Jones, 45
  • Jermaine Edmon, 29

The 10 face first degree felony charges for intent to distribute.

On May 30, King was seen by police with Coleman dealing K2 by the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Police say the K2 is commonly rolled in paper and referred to on the street as a “stick,” which is sold for around $5. A stick commonly contains about .5 gram of K2. When the drug is put into a Cigarillo that has been emptied of its tobacco it’s usually sold for around $15-20, containing two to three grams of K2, police say.

The warrants were brought after stops initiated by patrol officers, rather than being part of a larger investigation or operation, police say.

K2, also known as spice, kush or synthetic marijuana, is marketed as incense, but is actually sprayed with a chemical compound that mimics the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to Austin Police.

APD says they will continue to review cases and file appropriate charges on suspects identified as K2 dealers as positive lab results return.

In February, University of Texas Police said K2 cases were increasing near the school. Ten people were arrested in one month in the area of just a few blocks of Guadalupe Street.

Last summer, Austin-Travis County EMS, more than 200 people were treated for K2 following an outbreak of overdoses. 

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