|Updated: 4/04 8:39 am
||Published: 4/03 6:34 pm
The new Tahlequah Police chief says he will wage war on synthetic marijuana.
Nate King won the election Tuesday night.
King told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter he's already working with different agencies to start going after stores like Outer Zone. It was recently shut down for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.
"They're hurting our young people at an alarming rate," King said.
He says two people have died this year from the synthetic marijuana in Tahlequah.
King investigated four businesses while working for the sheriff's office. He seized 65 wrappers from a 14-year-old student.
"It can cause permanent brain damage, active psychosis, drug induced psychosis for the rest of their lives and cause their bodies to shut down," he said.
But first King wants to boost morale by building better relationships with officers. He will be sworn in on May 6th.