Posted By: Kayla Bremer
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office says two people were taken to the hospital after they had a very abnormal and dangerous reaction to the drug.
On Monday afternoon, a deputy saw a car stopped near Northwest 98th and West O Streets with several people around it, trying to help the two people inside.
Christopher Reents (41) and Jennifer Speake (36) of Omaha told a deputy they had just smoked Bizarro, a powerful form of synthetic marijuana also known as K2 for their first time at a nearby gas station, then drove down West O but had to pull over because of their reaction to the drug.
"Their physical movements were just very erratic and they couldn't control their arms and their legs and how they were reacting and they actually apologized to the deputy for their physical reactions but couldn't stop it," Sheriff Terry Wagner said.
Reents and Speake were taken to Bryan West and treated, then taken to detox. They were cited for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Forms of the controversial drug are legal and on shelves around the nation and here in Lincoln because it's sold as potpourri.
"A word to the wise that this stuff is not pharmaceutical grade, it's unpredictable and not the same every time," Sheriff Wagner said.
Just last month, 18–year–old Billy Tucker died after he smoked a similar form of K2 called Scooby Snax at a party the night before.
Now his family is on a mission to warn parents about this killer drug.
"It's a killer, point blank, it's a killer," his father Steve Tucker said. "My son got a hold of some and now everybody knows the results."
Sheriff Wagner says the chemical compound of K2 changes depending on who makes it so the reaction is unpredictable, making it extremely dangerous for whoever smokes it.