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Crime and Courts

Three Indicted In Synthetic Marijuana Scheme

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A federal grand jury has indicted three Kansas men on charges that they operated a global sales and supply network for synthetic marijuana.

Bradley Miller of Wichita, his brother, Clark Sloan of Tonganoxie, and Sloan’s son Jonathan Sloan of Lawrence face charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, distribution of a misbranded drug, smuggling, and conspiracy to launder money from the operation.

They’re accused of manufacturing and distributing a marijuana substitute called K2 through businesses named Bouncing Bear Botanicals and Persephone’s Journey.

According to the indictment, the operation started in 2009, and quickly spread as far as South America, Europe, and Asia.

Prosecutors say the three men knew the products could cause severe medical problems, but marketed them as safe.

The get-rich-quick scheme allegedly netted the three men more than $3 million before they were arrested.