Synthetic Drugs

Appeals Court To Consider Bath Salts CaseA former Minnesota head shop owner who flouted authorities as he openly sold synthetic drugs labeled "herbal incense," ''spice" and "bath salts" is hoping to persuade a federal appeals court that he acted legally and that the law that sent him to prison is unconstitutional.
No Jail Time For Bismarck Shop Manager, Owner In Synthetic Drug CaseThe owner and manager of a skate shop in Bismarck will not see jail time for operating a business where synthetic drugs were sold.
5 Indicted In Alleged Synthetic Drug RingFederal prosecutors have announced the indictment of five people accused of being members of a multi-million-dollar synthetic drug ring operating in Minnesota. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Thursday the indictment charges the five with conspiring to distribute synthetic cannabinoids.
Man Charged In Synthetic Drug Death Of Duluth WomanA 27-year-old Eveleth man faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges in connection with the synthetic drug-related death of a Duluth woman in 2013. The St. Louis County Sheriff's office says Bryan Joseph Hodapp is accused of supplying 21-year-old Leann Wicklund with the substance called 25I-NBOMe, a psychedelic synthetic drug, on Aug. 30, 2013.
Synthetic Drug Dealer Files AppealA business owner sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for selling synthetic drugs at a northeastern Minnesota store is appealing his case.
Synthetic Drug Seller Gets 17½ Years The owner of a now-closed Minnesota head shop has been sentenced to 17½ years in prison for selling synthetic drugs. Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to make an example out of Jim Carlson, who was convicted on 51 counts related to selling synthetic drugs from his Duluth shop, Last Place on Earth.
Website Is Newest Tool Against Synthetic Drugs Minnesota's latest tool in the fight against synthetic drugs is a website aimed at giving children and parents more information about the dangers posed by the drugs. The site launched Wednesday,, includes photos of synthetic drugs, packaging and paraphernalia that can be used to help identify them.
Mankato Man's Bail Set At $1 Million For Synthetic Drug DeathsThe Mankato man accused of providing synthetic drugs that killed two people is being held on a $1 million bail. Tyler Caputo, 21, was arrested in suburban Chicago last week after leaving Minnesota without the court's permission.
First Step For Minimum Wage As New Laws Kick In Aug. 1 brings a gaggle of new laws for Minnesota, ranging from the little-discussed (such as establishing Cesar Chavez Day in Minnesota every March 31) to the hard-fought (raising the state's minimum wage).
Appeals Could Upholds Head Shop InjunctionsThe Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the injunctions that shut down a Duluth head shop that openly sold synthetic drugs. In an opinion Monday, a three-judge appeals panel said a lower court's permanent injunctions against the Last Place on Earth were justified.
Police Looking For Man In Mankato Drug CasePolice in Mankato are looking for a man who is facing murder charges in a deadly synthetic drug case after he failed to show up for a court appearance on Friday.
Sentencing Set In Wide-Ranging Synthetic Drug CaseThe attorney for a man who worked for a Texas company that illegally sold the chemicals traced to the synthetic drug deaths of two North Dakota teenagers is asking for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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