Kansas City, Mo. - After more than two years of facing jail time, Micah Riggs was relieved jurors sided with him Thursday.
The owner of the Coffee Wonk in midtown was charged with intent to distribute and intent to create a controlled substance in 2010. He would have been the first business owner convicted of selling K2. Jurors decided Riggs was not guilty of selling a controlled substance.
Back in 2010, Riggs showed us the product designed to skirt a then-recent K2 ban. Police later seized the incense and claimed their crime lab revealed it had an illegal chemical.
Riggs remembers his long fight that could have sent him to jail for years.
"Honestly, some days I felt like i was in a Hitchcock film," he said, shaking his head. "Just the suspense. You want it over. You want to try then, just delay, delay. The process just has to play out and still trying to run a small business and do everything else..." he trailed off. "I'm just really glad."
He may not be finished fighting. A separate charge of intent to create a controlled substance brought back a hung jury. He now has to wait and see if prosecutors will decide to file the charge again.
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