Man gets 5 years in prison for selling synthetic marijuana

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DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Denver has sentenced the leader of an international drug ring to five years in prison for marketing a dangerous synthetic form of marijuana called spice.

The Denver Post reports ( ) 68-year-old John Bowen, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, distribution of controlled substances and money laundering. He was sentenced Monday.

Bowen was one of nine members of a ring that distributed the synthetic cannabinoid who were arrested in May 2014. All pleaded guilty, and Bowen, whose sentence includes forfeiture of $1.8 million and some property in Florida, was the last to be sentenced.

Sentences given to other members of the ring ranged from probation to 42 months in prison.


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