ROSWELL, Ga. – Drew T. Green, 38, of Roswell, and Thomas William Malone Jr., 45, of Roswell, were both part of an indictment by the Drug Enforcement Administration that they took part in the conspiracy to distribute synthetic drugs, conspiracy to introduce misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, conspiracy to commit money laundering and various money laundering charges.
They were charged along with eight other men.
The indictment alleges that Curious Goods, LLC, a business based in Lafayette, La. and controlled by Richard Joseph Buswell, 44, of Lafayette, sold a product called “Mr. Miyagi” that was infused with synthetic cannabinoids. Although labeled as a potpourri, “Mr. Miyagi” was sold to be smoked for the sole purpose of getting the consumer of the product high. The synthetic cannabinoids infused into “Mr. Miyagi” are considered schedule I controlled dangerous substances under federal law.
From March 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011, Curious Goods stores throughout Louisiana had sales of “Mr. Miyagi” totaling $5 million.
The Roswell men are involved through their operations of Alpharetta-based NutraGenomics. “Mr. Miyagi” was sold from NutraGenomics to distributors throughout the United States.
Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” “Mr. Miyagi” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense or potpourri to mask their intended purpose.
The investigation and indictment of this case were part of Operation Log Jam, a nationwide synthetic drug takedown that occurred on July 25, 2012.
“[The] federal indictments of Curious Goods LLC and their criminal associates represent the sole basis for Operation Log Jam and DEA’s fight to stem the tide of synthetic drugs in this country,” said Special Agent in Charge of U.S. DEA, New Orleans Division, Jimmy S. Fox III. “Anecdotally, any time users put uncontrolled or unregulated drugs, or drugs with unknown effects, into their bodies, they are playing Russian roulette – there is simply no way to know with any accuracy what the potentially harmful effects in both the short and long term will be. This case should give those who choose to traffic synthetic drugs pause because they could be next.”
NutraGenomics recently came under fire from various state agencies, notably West Virginia, in May 2012 for selling synthetic cannabinoids.
Media reports allege Green and Malone also ran The Pam Green Foundation, a Sandy Springs-based nonprofit that helps recovering addicts.