Columbia man pleads guilty to distributing synthetic drugs

1 year 2 months 1 week ago Monday, July 18 2016 Jul 18, 2016 Monday, July 18, 2016 3:34:00 PM CDT July 18, 2016 in News
By: Danielle Katz, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY – A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as K2.

Alexander McMillin, also known as “Shasha,” 32, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud between March 1, 2011, and Oct. 2, 2013.

McMillin was a partner in two companies, Dynamic Scents and Order-Refill, LLC. The prosecutor said two of his partners in those companies – Patrick Hawkins, 34, and Molly Charmichael, 38, both of Columbia – also pleaded guilty. They are among 14 defendants who pleaded guilty in this case.

McMillin admitted he sold packaged synthetic drugs to customers throughout the state of Missouri, according to the prosecutor. The prosecutor said the packages had misleading labeling regarding the contents and nature of the product in order to avoid detection by officers.

According to the prosecutor, McMillin falsely and misleadingly referred to the synthetic drug products as “incense,” “herbal incense,” “potpourri,” and “therapeutic potpourri,”. The products were labeled as “not intended for human consumption,” when the products actually were synthetic drugs intended for using to get a physiological “high.” The prosecutor said these products were often located at retail stores next to products and paraphernalia used for smoking the substances.

Law enforcement officers seized $82,149 from McMillin and seized $177,398 from the bank account of Order-Refill, all which must be forfeited to the government.

According to the plea agreement, the government and McMillin agreed that a sentence of 63 to 78 months is appropriate. The prosecutor said a sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

 

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