An Epping, New Hampshire, man pleaded guilty Tuesday on a conspiracy charge related to the distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as "spice" or "K2."
According to the state's District Attorney, Ryan Johnson, 32, admitted that he and others had manufactured and distributed synthetic cannabinoid products containing controlled substances. The packages bore misleading labels that stated the products were "not for human consumption." However, the products were intended for human consumption and were used by consumers to get high.
Johnson also agreed to a search of his home. Authorities found a cement mixer that was used to manufacture the products, about 48 empty five-gallon drums of acetone, empty containers with AB-FUBINACA residue, three garbage bags containing about six kilograms of bulk synthetic cannabinoids, thousands of empty synthetic cannabinoid packages, and about 27 kilograms of packaged synthetic cannabinoids.
A sentencing date has not been set. Johnson faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, a fine up to $250,000, and three years of supervised release.
The investigation is on-going.