Lawrence man sentenced for designer drug sales

TOPEKA (KSNT) – A Lawrence man who helped launch a global sales and supply network for smokable synthetic cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana) and other designer drugs was sentenced Monday to federal prison for violating the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Bradley Miller, 57, Lawrence, Kan., was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of misbranding and one count of mail fraud. In his plea, he admitted he conspired with his brother, co-defendant Clark Sloan, and Sloan’s son, co-defendant Jonathan Sloan, to manufacture and sell designer drugs, including a marijuana substitute called K2 that was named after the second-highest mountain in the world.

Miller and Jonathan Sloan owned and operated Persephone’s Journey, a retail store at 1103 Massachusetts in Lawrence, Kan., and Bouncing Bear Botanicals, 14501 South U.S. 59 Highway, Oskaloosa, Kan. Both businesses ostensibly sold herbs and botanical products. Over time, the business grew to encompass a chain of suppliers, retailers, wholesalers and business associates with locations in Kansas, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Nevada and Indiana, as well as in other nations including Argentina, Latvia, Germany, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay. The defendants made at least $3.3 million from the sale of the drugs. Grissom’s office reports Miller developed recipes for K2 and manufactured it. Co-defendant Clark Sloan was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison. Jonathan Sloan was sentenced to 96 months.

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