Detectives received an anonymous tip through Crime Solvers in early October alleging that Un Y. Lahr was selling the illegal substance to George Mason University students at Leeâ€™s Market, located at 10685 Braddock Road in University Mall.
After conducting and investigation, detectives determined Lahr would only sell the synthetic substance to teenagers and students who presented college identification. George Mason University Police assisted Fairfax County Police detectives in the investigation. An undercover officer made several purchases of synthetic marijuana.
Detectives served a search warrant at Leeâ€™s Market on Thursday, November 3, and seized a large quantity of synthetic marijuana, currency and drug paraphernalia. Further investigation led them to two residences owned by Lahr. Consent searches at both homes resulted in the seizure of additional synthetic marijuana, currency and drug paraphernalia.
The synthetic marijuana has a street value of approximately $20,000. Numerous additional substances were seized that are awaiting lab analysis.
Lahr, of 9519 Vandola Court in Burke, was transported to the Adult Detention Center and charged with possession with the intent to distribute synthetic marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of distribution of synthetic marijuana.
Governor Bob McDonnell earlier this year signed into law a statute making the manufacturing, possession and distribution of products containing synthetic cannabinoids illegal. There are nine different chemicals in this statute that are now illegal.
These synthetic cannabinoids, which create effects similar to THC — found in marijuana — are sold illegally under a variety of different names, such as K-2.