Woodward, Okla. —
Four more people have been charged in connection with a raid on synthetic drugs that was conducted at 3 local businesses in July 2012.
Three people who operated or worked at novelty store Sugar Lips were indicted on federal charges in December 2012.
Now 3 people connected with the Tokinz Smoke Shop, located at 914 Main St., and the owner of Lazy's Drive Thru, at 2132 Oklahoma Ave., are facing multiple charges in Woodward County District Court.
Their charges, which were filed on Friday afternoon at the Woodward County Courthouse, range from possession of controlled dangerous substance (CDS) to distribution of and conspiracy to distribute CDS and synthetic CDS to maintaining a place for keeping or selling CDS.
Timothy Dean Wederski, 41, owner of Tokinz, and his wife Sheri Lynn Wederski, 42, a.k.a. Sheri Lynn Arnhold, and her son Thomas Jacob Arnhold, 22, are accused of allegedly participating in the sale of 2 brands of synthetic drugs. According to the affidavit filed with their charges, one brand was "Smokin' Dragon Potpourri" and the other brand is referred to by multiple names such as "Daddy's Smokeless Herbs," "Daddy's XXX Legal Smoking Herb," "Daddy's Legal Smoking Herb," or just "Daddy's."
According to the affidavit, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) conducted several undercover buys in which agents were allegedly able to purchase various amounts of the "herbs" or "potpourri." Also while serving a search warrant at Tokinz on July 13, 2012 as part of a synthetic drug raid, OBN agents also allegedly seized 3 boxes from "Daddy's Herb Company" that were shipped to the store.
The affidavit states that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) conducted chemical analysis on 152 random samples of the "herbs" and "potpourri" and allegedly found that 28 samples contained a Schedule I narcotic known as AM-2201 and 12 samples contained synthetic cannabinoids known as UR-144 and XLR1.
Both Timothy Dean Wederski and Sheri Lynn Wederski appeared in court Tuesday to make their initial appearances in the cases against them. Both had their preliminary hearings scheduled for July 30 at 9:30 a.m. According to court records, they have already obtained a lawyer, as local attorney Carelynn Stuckey Talley has filed an entry of appearance in both cases.
Timothy Wederski was already released from jail on a $250,000 bond, which the judge continued. However, Sheri Wederski, who was still in jail custody at the time of the hearing, had a lower bond set at $50,000.
Court records show an outstanding bench warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Thomas Jacob Arnhold.
There is also an outstanding bench warrant, but in the amount of $250,000, for Peter Roman Rychlicki, the owner and clerk at Lazy's Drive Thru.
According to the affidavit filed with his charges, Rychlicki is accused of allegedly selling "items commonly used as substitutes for marijuana," including several different varieties of "incense," "potpourri," and "herbs." The affidavit lists the names of some of these substances as "Dank Potpourri," "Maui Wowie," "Scooby Snax," and "Atomic Potpourri."
According to the affidavit, OSBI analysis discovered that these substances allegedly contained controlled substances, with some testing positive for the Schedule I narcotic known as AM-2201 and some testing positive for synthetic cannabinoids known as UR-144, XLR1 and JWH 122N-(4-pentenyl).
During the synthetic drug raid on July 13, 2012, while serving a search warrant at Lazy's Drive Thru, OBN agents seized "a large amount of suspected illegal items," according to the affidavit. However, the affidavit doesn't list a specific measure as to the amount of suspected controlled or synthetic controlled dangerous substances that were seized as part of the search warrant.