|Deepamar Singh Kohli (mug shot SCSO)|
A man from Springfield will be arrainged in circuit court next month after being bound over for trial for allegedly distributing synthetic marijuana.
An undercover COMET Drug Task Force member who took part in a "buy" at The Star Mart in Branson West says Deepamar Kohli, 30,allegedly sold them two packages of fake marijuana and then offered a price break on two additional packages he kept in another place other than the display cabinet.
Kohli was charged after a search warrant was executed at the convenience store on March 8th. During the search, authorities seized twelve varieties of fake pot, and another synthetic drug called "Pump It," which is similar to cocaine and/or meth.
Kohli allegedly told investigators that he knew selling synthetic drugs was illegal, but he had lab results from a pharmaceutical company that said the synthetic drugs he was selling were not illegal.
At Kohli's preliminary hearing, his attorney, Dee Wampler, asked the undercover officer about the letter. The officer said they had seized the documentation that was allegedly conducted by a lab that no one at the Missouri Crime Lab had ever heard of.
Kohli, is also facing additional legal trouble. While he was being questioned about the synthetic drugs, investigators asked him about a police report he filed in November of 2011 in which he claimed a former employee had stolen $7,500.
Court documents say Kohli told the undercover officer that "business was bad and he had to borrow $5,000 from his Dad." Kohli then allegedly hatched the scheme to make a claim with his insurance company for $7,5000.
He is facing theft and stealing charges connected to that case and is due back in court on September 25th for a preliminary hearing in that case.