by Emily Waldrep
Woodville police are cracking down on the illegal drug, K2, after a local juvenile was caught smoking it in the bathroom at the Woodville McDonald's.
According to Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department, police were called to the Woodville McDonald's concerning a disturbance.
"The disturbance turned out to be insignificant," McCulley said. "While police were there, someone had reported that someone was smoking weed in the bathroom. Officers went down the street in the direction the suspect was traveling, and eventually found a Woodville juvenile who had been smoking in the bathroom. The substance was not marijuana, but K2, a new type of drug."
K2 was previously legal to have because the state could not regulate a substance that could not be chemically identified. Within the last two years, law enforcement has begun to crack down on K2 and marijuana users alike.
Teens often call the drug "Fake Weed" or "Spice." It can easily be obtained from convenience stores in surrounding areas like Beaumont, and most sellers will not ID the person buying it. According to several studies, many people suffer from severe side effects from K2, including hallucinations, agitation, mood swings, anger and other dangerous effects.
"This is a bigger problem than most parents realize," McCulley said.
Local police are asking parents to educate themselves on K2, since it is a newer drug that can be easily obtained, but is extremely dangerous and addicted.
The Juvenile was charged with a Class B misdemeanor.