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DECATUR — Motel employees described as an office manager and a maintenance worker by police were booked on drug trafficking charges after detectives raided their Decatur business.

A sworn affidavit said members of the Decatur Police Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the Tri-Manor Motel, 3420 N. 22nd St., on Friday afternoon.

The affidavit said the arrests included a 51-year-old woman who served as the office manager for the last three years and her maintenance worker girlfriend, 48. Both lived at the motel, police said, and were running an operation to sell K2 synthetic cannabis.

“The (48-year-old) advised detectives that, as of three weeks ago, they were selling approximately 100-200 baggies of K-2 daily (at $10 a baggie) but (business) has recently slowed down,” Detective Brian Hickey said in the affidavit.

A person who answered the phone at the Tri-Manor Monday afternoon said “no comment” and hung up before a reporter had asked a question.

Hickey described the woman as saying she received supplies of the drug to sell from her girlfriend, who buys it in Springfield before the women repackage the drug. They had been selling from the motel for the last six months, she is quoted as telling police.

“The (48-year-old) stated she does not make a profit from selling K2, but she gets free K2 to support her habit,” Hickey added. He said police had seized more than 60 grams of the drug and discovered dozens of baggies. The 51-year-old woman was also found to have an additional three baggies of the drug in her bra while being booked into the Macon County Jail, and she had more than $300 cash in her pockets, police said.

Hickey said the older woman refused to make any statements except to ask for a lawyer.

Both women were booked on preliminary charges of the manufacture/delivery of a look-alike substance. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state’s attorney’s office. The two women remained jailed Monday night in lieu of posting bail set at $50,000 for the older woman and $25,000 for the younger woman.

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