LARNED — On Tuesday, Dec. 4, The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office posted via social media a photograph of contraband it seized following the arrest of two Great Bend men the day before. The post was related to one shared from the Larned Middle School Facebook page on Nov. 28, raising awareness of underage nicotine and tobacco use, and the dangers of e-cigarettes.
According to Sheriff Scott King, one of the deputies stopped the vehicle in which the two men were traveling for a non-functioning headlight. Drugs were suspected. Included with the contraband were “two JUUL Pods, where the liquid cigarette had been replaced with THC wax, allowing the subject to warm and inhale the wax.”
JUUL pods are vaping devices, similar to e-cigarettes, that allow users to inhale high levels of nicotine. THC wax is a concentrated form of psychoactive component of marijuana.
“We just want parents to know how these JUUL Pods can easily be made into something even more dangerous by our young people.” King stated.
On Friday, the Pawnee County Attorney’s Office released the following:
Dalton Jordan Miller, 19, and Dylan Trippin Jones, 21, both of Great Bend, were arrested Dec. 3 on a probable cause suspicion of possession of a hallucinogenic drug with intent to distribute.
Following review of the probable cause affidavits, the Pawnee County Attorney’s Office charged Miller with possession of hallucinogenic drug, to wit: THC wax; possession of drug paraphernalia, to wit: smoking device and digital scale; and a headlamp violation. Jones was charged with possession of hallucinogenic drug, to wit: THC wax; possession of drug paraphernalia, to wit: smoking device; and criminal use of a weapon, to wit: .380 caliber pistol by an unlawful user of a controlled substance. The drug charges are misdemeanors under Kansas law.
The defendants remained in custody until their first appearance on Dec. 6. Both individuals subsequently posted bond and were released. Arraignments have been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2019.