Two people plead guilty to distributing synthetic marijuana

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Tuesday, March 31 2015 Mar 31, 2015 Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:26:00 PM CDT March 31, 2015 in News
By: Jenna Middaugh, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said Tuesday two people pleaded guilty in federal court to crimes related to the distribution of thousands of kilograms of synthetic marijuana.

27-year-old Sharon Harrington from Bunceton and 44-year-old Chadwick Schilcht from Osage Beach pleaded guilty on Monday.

Harrington pleaded guilty to participating in a mail fraud conspiracy in Boone County from March 2011 to December 2013. Harrington was the manager of Impulse Market, LLC when she sent boxes falsely labeled as "incense" or "potpourri" and "not for human consumption." Harrington admitted the boxes actually had synthetic cannabinoids mixed with acetone then sprayed onto a plant-like material in them, which were intended to be consumed by people to get high.

Harrington was responsible for overseeing the manufacturing, sale and distribution of the substance made out of about 167 kilograms of synthetic cannabinoid from China.

Schlicht pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers searched Schlicht's house in October 2012. They found $1,840, three guns, numerous packages of synthetic marijuana and other materials Schlicht admitted he intended to use to make synthetic marijuana.

Both Harrington and Schlicht could face up to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

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