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W.Va. Business Objects to $643,000 Federal Forfeiture


  A Morgantown business owner says federal authorities had no right to take more than $643,000 from his businesses during federal forfeiture proceedings after a synthetic cannabis sting.

In an answer to a federal complaint, Daniel Kocan argued Friday that Morgantown city officials told him he was permitted to sell synthetic cannabis. Kocan says the federal bust in April this year therefore was entrapment.

Kocan owns Dahlia’s on Walnut in Morgantown, and Mid-Nite Adult, which is closed.

Neither Morgantown officials nor federal prosecutors has yet responded to Kocan in court.

The proceedings follow an April search in which several Morgantown businesses had assets seized in connection with synthetic marijuana, which is a Schedule I controlled substance.