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Father, Son Ran $2M Synthetic Pot Business: Feds Charge

The father-son team ran a mail order synthetic marijuana business, according to federal authorities.

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By Joseph Hosey

A father and son were charged with running a $2 million mail order synthetic marijuana business.

James Matthew Bolin, 49, and his son, 31-year-old Jimmy Bolin, of Illinois, were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

"The Bolins bought and sold products that they and their suppliers―located in California, Florida, and New York―falsely referred to as 'incense,' 'herbal incense,' 'herbal potpourri,' and other misleading names, but, in fact, the drugs were falsely labeled, indicating they were not intended for human consumption when they actually were," the U.S. Attorney's statement said.

"The packages also failed to bear labels identifying the name and quantity of active ingredients, as well as the name and location of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor, the indictment alleges."

According to Thursday's indictment, The Bolins bought, marketed and sold products identified as G-20 Herbal Potpourri, Joker Herbal Potpourri, Caution Blitzen Herbal Potpourri, Kronik Kryponite Herbal Potpourri, AK-47 24 Karat Gold Potpourri, ZenBio Sonic Zero Cherry, ZenBio Sonic Zero Blueberry, Hip Hop, Darkness Prince, Out World, Cherry Bomb, Caution Platinum Super Strong Incense, Caution Silver Super Strong Incense, Diablo Botanical Incense, Bizarro, Smoking Santa, Mr. Happy and OMG Next Generation.

They were charged with "multiple offenses relating to misbranding and trafficking drugs," according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office. James Matthew Bolin also faces seven counts of money laundering.

The Bolin's synthetic marijuana enterprise ran from January 2010 through June 2013 and netted them about $2 million, the indictment states.

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lala February 04, 2014 at 08:49 PM
After reading this, I now have the lyrics to Cherry Bomb stuck in my head! Thanks Brian Slupski ;)
Harford County Native February 04, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Havre de Grace Patch you have did it again. Where is our local news? This stuff is sold on the corner gas station.
yeahitzme February 05, 2014 at 06:57 AM
When its purchased online or mail order from these guys...it becomes local! not local sellers but could be local buyers!?! Content of article could be informative in general. I recommend the Patch to many!
K.J. Dolney February 05, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Wow, synthetic pot! Who'da thought??? Wonder if I kin git a lid of "Virgin Polyester?" It don't wrinkle the wrappers when it's rolled!
Michelle February 05, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Why is this relevant to my Milfird Ma Patch? A few more days of this type of non relevant crap and its bye-bye Patch, I can get the same crap from the local papers...bring back those you got rid of...they got the job done right!!!

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