Two arrested for synthetic drugs

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A little more than a week before a seminar on synthetic drugs was to be held in Vandalia, two individuals were arrested on felony synthetic drug charges.
The Vandalia Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office conducted a raid on a Vandalia residence, with Louis A. Stout and Kyle W. Bloemker being arrested.
Last Wednesday, the office of Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison filed felony charges against the two men.
Each of the men has been charged with unlawful possession, with the intent to deliver, a misbanded drug.
That charge alleges that the two men “possessed, with the intent to distribute, a drug, a synthetic cannabinoid, that was misbranded in that it was branded and packaged as potpourri or incense, and not for human consumption.”
That charge is a Class 2 felony punishable by a prison term of up to seven years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.
Both men were also charged with unlawful sale of an intoxicating compound.
That charge alleges that Stout and Bloemker “knowingly offered for sale an intoxicating compound, potpourri or incense packaged as ‘Twilite’ and not for human consumption, knowing said compound was intended to be used to induce an intoxicated condition."
That offense is a Class 4 felony punishable by up to three years in prison.
The two men are scheduled to appear in Fayette County Court on Friday, making their first court appearance with legal representation.
A free seminar on synthetic drugs is scheduled for this Thursday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.