High Court upholds felony charges in synthetic drug case

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld the felony charges against an Indianapolis business owner accused of selling synthetic drugs.

Christopher Tiplick owned three Smoke Shop locations in Indianapolis. He was arrested in October 2012 and charged with 18 felonies, including several counts of dealing in a look-alike substance and conspiracy to commit dealing in a look-alike substance.

The Indianapolis Star reports that a Marion Superior Court judge denied a request by Tiplick to dismiss 11 of the charges. Two of three judges on an Indiana Court of Appeals panel later agreed with Tiplick’s argument that the state law criminalizing the dealing in and possession of synthetic drugs is too vague for the average citizen to understand.

The state’s high court this week overturned the appeals court’s decision and upheld the look-alike statute.

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