Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- The Marion County Sheriff's Office busted an alleged K2 manufacturing set-up late Monday night, into early Tuesday morning.
Three men were taken into custody during a "major drug bust," according to Marion County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Judge Cochran.
Fares Rabah, 41, Ahmed Mohsin, 36 and 27-year-old Ahmad Warayat were each charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of synthetic marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The bust took place at the Sunrise Donuts & Coffee, 10155 SW County Road 484 in Dunnellon following a tip that came into the sheriff's office around 7:30 p.m. Monday.
When deputies arrived on scene, the three suspects were allegedly loading the K2 into a moving truck.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office notified the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team (UDEST) who arrived on scene a short time later.
Further investigation revealed the donut shop was used as a, "large scale manufacturing location for synthetic marijuana," according to Cochran.
Inside the building investigators found several bales of synthetic marijuana, scales, empty packages, cases of acetone, more than 11,600 prepared packages of K2 and several cement mixers used to mix the product. There were also several containers filled with the finished product waiting to be packaged, as well unfinished products awaiting mixture.
"There are containers by the hundred with the drug and supplies to manufacture K2," stated Cochran. Numerous bags full of product with labels such as "Joker," "Caution," "Scooby Snax," "Dead Man Walking," and " Mind Trip," were recovered.
The bust has a street value of over $350,000.
The bust comes five days after a major K2 bust dubbed "Operation Bad Dreamer" landed 11 suspects in jail in St. John's County.
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