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Police: Synthetic Marijuana That Caused Illness Came From Dallas

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Photo shows a package of K2 which contains herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (credit: (AP Photo/Kelley McCall)

Photo shows a package of K2 which contains herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (credit: (AP Photo/Kelley McCall)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP/CBSDFW) – Police in central Texas say synthetic marijuana that caused more than 30 people to fall ill was obtained in Dallas and sold by dealers in downtown Austin.

Austin police said Friday they haven’t been able to obtain a sample of the so-called K2 synthetic drug. They say it’s designed to mimic the high caused by using marijuana.

The Austin American-Statesman reports at least 37 people became ill in about a week.

Authorities seized about 360 packets of other brands of K2 from the three people they say sold the drugs in Austin. But testing showed that the components used to make the drug are not illegal and no charges were filed.

In Dallas, police reported over 120 overdoses since May 1st.

Investigators say those who used the K2 first became catatonic and then turned aggressive when they regained their senses

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