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Investigation discovers K2 drug circulating throughout Clarinda Correctional Facility

This May 21, 2012 photo shows a packet of K2, synthetic cannabis product. New Zealand in July...
This May 21, 2012 photo shows a packet of K2, synthetic cannabis product. New Zealand in July 2013 passed a new law to regulate the rapidly expanding market for synthetic drugs. If the drugs pass rigorous clinical trials, they can be sold to anyone over the age of 18 but not in supermarkets, convenience stores or gas stations. (AP Photo/Brett Phibbs, NZ Herald) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT(Brett Phibbs | AP)
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT
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CLARINDA, Iowa (KCRG) - Investigators have discovered that a significant amount of K2 (a synthetic drug also referred to as synthetic marijuana) has been circulating throughout the Clarinda Correctional Facility via the U.S. mail system.

Last week, staff at the prison began noticing an increase in the number of inmates experiencing symptoms consistent with those who had taken the drug and began placing those individuals on a restricted status for medical observation and investigation.

Prison officials requested assistance for a large-scale search of the prison and, earlier this week, brought in investigators, security staff and K-9 officers from six Iowa prisons to help coordinate a prison-wide search for narcotics.

Approximately 60 inmates have been found to be involved in consumption, possession or the introduction of K2, “a major disciplinary infraction in addition to being a major health concern for inmates and staff due to the effects the drug can have on those that consume it,” according to the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC).

The DOC says this is discovery is part of a national trend that jails and prisons have been battling across the country.

Officials say investigators will be turning over all the evidence collected to law enforcement for further investigation and prosecution of those connected to this incident, both inside and outside of the prison.

The DOC says they are making efforts to adjust the mail system for inmates that will allow for prisoners to still receive their mail but in a “safe and secure fashion.”

The incident remains under investigation.

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