Charges filed against 3 suspects in Eldon smoke shop case
ELDON - A civil lawsuit seeking to have an Eldon retail smoke shop shut down led police to file charges against three suspects after a search warrant allegedly found evidence that the Puff N Snuff employees were distributing imitation controlled substances.
The search warrant was executed at the Puff N Snuff smoke shop at 1900 Business Highway 54, Eldon on Tuesday. One suspect was immediately taken into custody and two additional suspects were arrested over the next 36 hours by Miller County authorities.
Prosecuting Attorney Matt Howard has charged Eldon residents Robin Parker, Kaye Barnhart, and Pamela Jo White-Wood with felony distribution of imitation controlled substances.
The felony counts carry a maximum possible penalty of up to four years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $5,000.
Bond was set for each suspect at $10,000. Arraignment for all three suspects was scheduled for September 17 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Ken Oswald.
Howard noted that additional criminal charges are possible as the case as the investigation move forward.
Investigators began looking at the smoke shop after a civil lawsuit was filed seeking to close the business, arguing it was a nuisance. Federal prosecutors have been investigating Puff N Snuff since October, 2013 for the intended sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.