Man pleads guilty in K2 conspiracy based in Missouri

10 months 2 weeks 6 days ago Tuesday, April 04 2017 Apr 4, 2017 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT April 04, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a conspiracy that distributed more than $6.6 million in synthetic marijuana from and to central Missouri businesses.

Federal prosecutors said 40-year-old Michael James Butler, of Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in money-laundering and mail fraud conspiracies. Both conspiracies occurred between December 2012 and July 2015 and were related to the distribution of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.

Prosecutors said Butler managed a co-conspirator's company that was used to send FedEx packages containing K2 to wholesale customers across the U.S. Butler established another company, Butler-Whayne Industries, which sent K2 packages to locations in Callaway County.

Butler is one of eight people who have pleaded guilty in the case.

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