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Four indicted in Scott synthetic drug bust

April 9th, 2014 12:01 am by Staff report

Four indicted in Scott synthetic drug bust

GATE CITY — Four men arrested last year after they were allegedly pulled over in a vehicle loaded with synthetic drugs were indicted in Scott County last week on felony charges. 

Christopher Mundell, 24, Austin Jade, 22, John David Hoyt, 21 — all of Palatka, Fla. — and Christian Hun Kim, 21, of Winchester, Va., were each indicted by a grand jury on a single count of distribution of synthetic marijuana. Jade was also charged with one count of possession of a gun with Schedule I or II drugs. All four men are scheduled to be arraigned in Scott County Circuit Court on April 16. 

Federal authorities have reportedly been in discussions with local law enforcement about possibly joining the prosecution of the case. 

The men were arrested July 20 following a routine traffic stop by the Scott County Sheriff's Office. A search of the SUV they were traveling in reportedly turned up 30 pounds of synthetic marijuana and more than 200 grams of bath salts. A handgun was also allegedly discovered in the vehicle. 

The men were reportedly traveling northbound on Highway 72 when an SCSO deputy pulled them over near Fort Blackmore for reckless driving. A K9 unit called to the scene reportedly alerted officers to the presence of the synthetic drugs. At the time of the arrests, Scott County Sheriff John Puckett said the discovery was the largest involving synthetic drugs in the county since they were made illegal in March 2011.

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