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State's first felony charges regarding K2 in Amarillo

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A local man has been convicted of the state's first felony charges regarding the synthetic drug K2.

James Medina, the former owner of Up-N-Smoke has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Medina is the first man in the state to have a felony conviction for possession and delivery of K2. This comes after K2 was found in his smoke shop when it was raided by police earlier this year.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren tells us prosecuting these cases can be expensive and continues to be a challenge because K2 is always evolving. But, he tells us he will continue to work hard to keep it out of Randall County. 

"If the folks selling poison think we wont spend the money to stop them, they're wrong. We will. So again, you better find another county. Randall County is not the place to sell K2 or posses it. Were going to file on you and prosecute you if there is enough evidence," he said. 

LaViza Matthews, with Impact Futures, a local organization fighting to keep K2 off the streets says Medina's conviction sends a clear message.

"We're not putting up with this anymore, you're not going to kill our kids, you're not going to poison our kids anymore," she said.

Farren says Medina agreed to a plea bargain in order to avoid a more serious punishment.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10.