Two attorneys, Barry L Domingue of Carencro and James Stanford of Lafayette have entered not guilty pleas to federal charges related to the distribution of synthetic marijuana.
According to documents released by the US Attorney four additional men, all from Georgia have pleaded guilty to several charges pertaining to the distribution of a dangerous substance in the same case.
Boyd Barrow 43 and Joshua Espinoza 49 were the owners and operators of a company called Pinnacle Products. In their guilty pleas, they say the company was used to infuse more than 30 kilos of a synthetic marijuana with vegetable matter and supplied it to businesses like Curious Goods in Lafayette, and a variety of head shops and smoke shops across the country.
According to court records Barrow and Espinoza made more than 3.3 million dollars off the product.
One point three million of that, according to court records, came from sales made through curious Goods of Lafayette.
To read the court documents and plea deals click here.
Synthetic Marijuana Indictments
More trouble for a Lafayette business, accused of selling synthetic marijuana.
Authorities seized 1.7 million dollars worth of synthetic marijuana from Curious Goods in December. Now indictments have been issued in connection with a nationwide drug take down.
In a 27-page document, nine people were indicted on 16 charges. It includes conspiracy to sell synthetic marijuana by branding it as something else and money laundering.
Two Lafayette based attorneys were indicted along with the owner of Curious Goods, Richard Buswell
Buswell's attorney, Ian Hipwell stated "My client asserts his innocence and is looking forward to his day in court."
U.S Attorney Stephanie Finley spoke with news 10's Hope Ford about the indictment and the two accused attorney's involvement.
- Video above.