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Synthetic marijuana, like Spice and K2 were part of a synthetic drug probe that culminated in the searches in 35 states in June 2013.

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EVANSDALE | A jury has convicted an Evansdale woman of synthetic drug charges.

Jurors found Mary Ann Ramos, 53, guilty of distributing XLR-11 and Alpha-PVP and possessing both drugs with intent to distribute.

The panel acquitted her of a charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Sentencing will be at a later date, and Ramos remains in custody until then.

Prosecutors said Ramos sold XLR-11, a synthetic marijuana marketed as potpourri and incense, and Alpha-PVP, a controlled substance analogue similar to meth and cocaine and labeled as scouring powder, to undercover officers at a Cedar Rapids store where she worked in May 2013.

She also sold both substances to a confidential informant in Waterloo in June 2013, and authorities said they found a handgun in her vehicle and additional XLR-11 and Alpha-PVP at her home later that month.

The defense argued that Ramos didn’t know people who bought the substances were ingesting it.

Trial began Monday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids, and the jury returned its verdict Thursday afternoon.

The government is seeking forfeiture of Ramos’ Ford Edge and her handgun.

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