WOODWARD, Okla. — Sold as incense
A former Sugar Lips employee, Debbie Ingersoll, told a Drug Enforcement Administration agent working the case the store was well-known for selling synthetic marijuana, which is marketed and sold as incense or potpourri.
“Ingersoll stated people came from all over to buy the herbal incense and that some came from Texas and Kansas,” the DEA agent reported after an interview with Ingersoll in August.
“Ingersoll was asked about the herbal incense products sold at Sugar Lips and stated, ‘It’s bad stuff ... I did not like what it was doing to people.’ “
According to court records, many of the products purchased at Sugar Lips by undercover agents contained XLR-11, a chemical compound that will be added to Oklahoma’s controlled substance list in November.
XLR-11 is listed as the “synthetic cannabinoid identified from clinical specimens” of several patients who were hospitalized with kidney failure in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Oklahoma City attorney Lance Phillips, who is representing the couple, confirmed the two are on the run.
“I haven’t heard from them in a while,” Phillips said. “I don’t know where they are.”
Phillips said the couple initially turned themselves in to authorities, but they since have disappeared.
Like others arrested on selling synthetic marijuana complaints in Oklahoma in recent years, Adam and Tracy Daniels are claiming they didn’t do anything wrong — at least not intentionally.
“They honestly believed they were selling a legal product,” Phillips said. “That’s the whole defense.”