Pekin man charged with drug-induced homicide from synthetic cannabinoid death

As a result of an investigation, Pekin police were able to take 3500 packets of K2/Spice off the streets. (Pekin Police Department)

The Pekin Police Department has made an arrest in a drug induced homicide in Tazewell County.

Pekin police say they arrested Lonnie K. Smith on charges of drug induced homicide and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in connection with the death of Anthony Phillips.

As a result of this investigation police were able to take 3500 packets of K2/Spice off the streets.

Also arrested, as part of this investigation, are Rachel R. Spires and Richard I. Booth for aggravated battery and delivery or possession with intent to deliver. Both Spires and Booth allegedly sold synthetic cannabis that resulted in severe hemorrhaging to numerous people.



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