Updated: March 3, 2014 5:30PM
A father and son from New Lenox have been charged with operating a lucrative mail order business that sold synthetic marijuana across the country over a three-year period, federal prosecutors said.
James M. Bolin, 49, and his son, James P. Bolin, 31, are charged with conspiracy to misbrand drugs, receiving and selling misbranded drugs, conspiracy to possess and sell synthetic marijuana and selling controlled substances, according to an indictment announced Friday. It says James M. Bolin also is charged with money laundering.
Federal agents found hundreds of packages of illegal synthetic marijuana and $165,257 in cash during a June 4 raid on James M. Bolin’s former home in Manhattan, where the drug business was based, prosecutors said.
From 2010 to 2013, the men received, sold and delivered synthetic pot, using the U.S. Postal Service and commercial carriers to ship and receive the drug, and generated about $2 million in profit, according the indictment. The government is seeking forfeiture of that profit.
The indictment says the Bolins bought, marketed and sold drugs using false labels such as “incense,” “herbal incense” and “herbal potpourri,” which indicated that they were not intended for human consumption. The packages did not identify names and amounts of active ingredients or the manufacturer or distributor, prosecutors said.
They said an initial court date has not been set for the Bolins in federal court in Chicago.
Sun-Times Media Wire