Doy R. Case, 79, and his wife, Tressie L. Case, 67, both of Rogersville, were charged in a nine-count indictment
According to Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, the couple own a business called Magic Dragon,in Rogersville.
Court documents say the Cases received delivery of approximately 101,861 grams of synthetic cannabinoids between Sept. 15, 2010, and Nov. 13, 2012.
The two allegedly sent payments through the mail to purchase the substances from several sources, which shipped their orders through a commercial carrier.
During that time, the couple labeled a number of synthetic drug products as "herbal aromas," "natural fragrances" or "incense" and "not for human consumption."
However, the indictment alleges the substances contained compounds intended for human consumption as a drug.
The two reportedly charged an average price of $10 per gram of K2. According to Dickinson, they grossed approximately $1 million during the 2010-12 time frame.
According to court documents, the Cases allegedly deposited nearly $672,349 into bank accounts that they controlled in that time frame.
In August 2012, the couple was contacted by federal agents and were told the sale of synthetic cannabinoids was illegal.
The agents gave them the opportunity to voluntarily cease and desist their operations, but the Coupes did not, according to court documents.
According to Dickinson, court documents also allege that the Cases advertised their products to children on at least seven occasions after placing advertisements in high school yearbooks or with student organizations.
The couple faces charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, selling a controlled substance, and three counts of money laundering.
They remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Friday, July 25, 2014.
The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the Cases to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including a money judgment of $672,349 related to the mail fraud conspiracy and a money judgment of $639,662 related to the drug-trafficking conspiracy.
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