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Springfield Woman Charged with Distributing K2 to Raise Money for Husband's Legal Fees

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Springfield, Mo., woman was charged in federal court today with distributing synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as K2, in an apparent effort to pay the legal fees of her husband, who is incarcerated for the same offense.

Victoria A. Butchee, also known as Victoria A. Wohlin, 28, of Springfield, was charged in a criminal complaint that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.

According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s complaint, Butchee ordered chemicals through the mail and made synthetic marijuana in order to pay the legal fees of her husband, Travis E. Butchee, also known as “Donkey,” 37. He has been incarcerated since June 11, 2013 after being indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana.

Victoria Butchee offered to front the product to a confidential informant, the affidavit says. She allegedly told the informant that she expected a projected sales amount of $30,000.

On Monday, June 24, 2013, Victoria Butchee drove to the informant’s location. She removed a large black garbage bag from behind the driver’s seat, the affidavit says, and took the bag inside the location to deliver it to the informant. She was arrested when she left the store. According to the affidavit, the bag contained 10 pounds of synthetic marijuana.

Dickinson cautioned that the charge contained in this complaint is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department.

Updated January 9, 2015