Oklahoma couple accused of selling fake pot are listed as fugitives

Adam and Tracy Daniels, who authorities say amassed more than $1 million selling synthetic marijuana at their Woodward, OK, gift shop, are described as fugitives in a seizure warrant filed Friday in federal court, records show.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 8, 2013

Authorities seized nearly $40,000 in cash when Sugar Lips was raided in July.

The federal government also is in the process of seizing a boat, trailer and real estate purchased by the couple for about $90,000.

Sold as incense

A former Sugar Lips employee, Debbie Ingersoll, told a Drug Enforcement Administration agent working the case that 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.

On the run

Oklahoma City attorney Lance Phillips, who is representing the couple, confirmed the two are currently 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.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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