A Texas man accused of selling synthetic drugs all over the United States
has been sentenced to over 20 years in prison. The drugs are linked to
the deaths of two individuals in North Dakota.
North Dakota Deaths Due to Synthetic Drugs
The Texas man is said to have sold hallucinogenic chemicals to a man in
North Dakota. The man in North Dakota cooked the drugs using the chemicals
and sold them to two teenagers.
The teenagers died after ingesting the drugs, and three others were hospitalized.
The drug, known as 2CI-NBoMe, causes accelerated heart rate, increased
blood pressure, and higher body temperatures.
The Texas man plead guilty to the following:
- Money laundering
- Illegal distribution of drugs
- Delivery of a misbranded drug
He had formerly been the co-owner of a Houston-based company called Motion
Resources, LL. This company ordered chemicals from Europe and Asia and
sold them to domestic buyers over the Internet. These chemicals are illegal
to sell for human consumption. After the deaths of the teens, the company
underwent a name change but continued to sell their products.
He is facing 20 years and six months in prison and will appear in a documentary
on synthetic drugs as a public service. He was further ordered to pay
$385,000 in drug proceeds.
Danger of Synthetic Drugs in Texas
Texas is experiencing an uptick in the usage of synthetic drugs. Earlier
in 2014, overdoses on a synthetic marijuana product called K2 led to 45
hospitalizations. K2 is known to cause violent behavior and seizures in
its users. Efforts in Texas are being made to completely ban synthetic
The Texas Controlled Substance Act of 2011 banned all known synthetic drugs,
but new synthetic drugs have been created since the passage of the Act.
Since the changing contents of synthetic drugs are hard to regulate, it
becomes difficult to make a case against manufacturers, sellers, and buyers
of synthetic substances. Gaps in laws make it difficult for prosecutors
to gauge intent.
As synthetic drugs become more and more popular, their access will increase.
Intent to sell synthetic drugs or carrying these on the body can leave
a person open to criminal charges.