It’s safe to say there aren’t any qualifying conditions that warrant a recommendation for medicinal meth. But apparently, one dispensary owner didn’t get the memo.
38-year-old Jeffrey Peregrino, the owner of Left-Handed Okies in Spiro, Oklahoma, a medical marijuana dispensary in Spiro, Oklahoma, was busted selling meth undercover Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN). The location at 15627 US Highway 271 has since been shut down following an Emergency Suspension Order from the state.
Dispensary Shut Down: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owner Sold Meth to Undercovers in Store
According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Peregrino sold meth to the officers two different times.
“On two separate occasions, our undercover Agents have recently purchased meth from the owner of ‘Left Handed Okies’ dispensary in Spiro. Both of the transactions took place inside the dispensary office,” OBN Spokesperson Mark Woodward told 5 News Online.
Peregrino was booked on Wednesday at the LeFlore County Jail and faces two counts of trafficking methamphetamine. OBN has also recovered any of the items inside Peregrino’s dispensary.
Coty Jerell, the owner of a Left Handed Okies dispensary in Shady Point, Oklahoma, claims his business isn’t associated with Peregrino’s, but he does own the naming rights. Jerell said he will remove the name from the other location as soon as possible as to avoid any connection with the embattled former dispensary owner.
“‘Left Handed Okies in Shady Point is 120% against any kind of methamphetamine or opioids, the reason why we got into this industry is to fight this epidemic,” Jerrell said to 5 News.
A Not-So-Ideal Mix
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time in recent months that meth and legal marijuana have mixed, so to speak. Back in February, 47-year-old John Bruce Fifield, Jr. of Sedalia, Colorado, was accused of lacing cannabis with methamphetamines and distributing it to middle school students at Woodland Park Middle School in Colorado Springs.
Police say it was the first instance they had ever encountered meth-laced marijuana.
“This is the first time that we’re seeing that combination in our county and it’s giving us lots of concern,” said the Teller County Sheriff’s Office at the time.
Luckily, they didn’t have to deal with one Jeffrey Peregrino, too.