Texas Man Charged In Synthetic Drugs Case

Texas Man Charged In Synthetic Drugs Case

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 marijuana.

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.