Bust 5 17MADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/17/19) — A Madisonville couple is being held in Hopkins County Jail today following a large-scale synthetic cannabinoid investigation.

Madisonville Police Department reported the Madisonville-Hopkins County Vice/Narcotics Unit received information, numerous confidential tips and anonymously through Crime Stoppers that James Alexander, 33, was involved in the illegal distribution of the substance for the past couple of months.

Several recent arrest reports released by MPD involved bizarre behavior linked to the alleged use of synthetic marijuana.

K2 or spice became available in the early 2000s that was sold in convenience stores, which prompted lawmakers across the U.S. to take action against sales due to the unregulated chemicals used on the mossy substance that often goes undetected in drug testing. The substance is unrelated to actual marijuana, which is still illegal for use in Kentucky. The Kentucky Legislature did not take action on HB 136 this year to legalize marijuana usage for medicinal purposes.

The CDC reports using the substance can be unpredictable and even life threatening. The manmade, chemically laced products are capable of causing rapid heart rate and hallucinations or unexplained bleeding or bruising.

Origin of the drugs found Thursday or what type of chemicals used is unknown. MPD said they are still investigating.

According to MPD, detectives probed Alexander’s residence at 547 E. Broadway St. Thursday afternoon, noting short-term vehicle traffic at the home, prompting police to make a traffic stop on a driver leaving the place. Police seized an ounce of synthetic cannabinoids as a result.

Detectives and patrol units swooped the residence, where Alexander gave MPD Detective Bo Crump permission to search his dwelling, according to the report.

“Alexander turned over approximately 23 pounds of synthetic cannabinoids from inside the residence,” Crump wrote. Police also seized digital scales and drug paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics.

Brandy Phelps, Alexander’s girlfriend who resides with him, told police she “was aware of what was going on inside the residence but refused to answer any further questions,” Crump stated in the report.

A young child also lived in the home, prompting police to call Child Protective Services. Alexander and Phelps, 24, were each charged with trafficking in synthetic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were listed as being held in the county jail this morning, pending bond.

MPD posted a photo on its Facebook page showing Detective Bo Crump alongside the 23 pounds of synthetic cannabinoids recovered from the residence following Thursday’s investigation.

“The Madisonville Police Department is dedicated to the investigation and criminal prosecution of individuals who introduce these dangerous drugs to our community and our kids,” MPD wrote.

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