* Half of the state’s recent spike in serious synthetic cannabis illnesses (and three deaths) have been in the Peoria-Pekin area, so this is good news…
A Pekin man has been charged with a drug induced homicide for selling synthetic cannabis to a man who ingested it and died.
Lonnie K. Smith will appear at the Tazewell County Justice Center at 1 p.m.today on the charge, a Class X felony, along with a charges of aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
According to the probable cause statement provided by Tazewell County States Attorney’s office, Smith knowingly delivered FUB-AMB, a controlled substance, to Anthony Phillips who ingested around 11 p.m. April 7. He died at UnityPoint Health - Methodist April 9.
Smith is also being charged with aggravated battery for delivering the substance to Rena Corp, who lived with Phillips, because she also got sick after ingesting it.