|May 20, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced the shutdown of criminal enterprise distributing synthetic drugs in Florida. Authorities served warrants for the arrests of 13 members of the organization and search warrants at three Smoker’s Video store locations in Jacksonville and a storage unit.
To watch the full press conference, click here.
The long-term investigation into the organization involved more than 200 undercover purchases of synthetic drugs at the three Smoker’s Video store locations. Members of the organization face charges related to racketeering, knowingly misbranding a drug, selling controlled substances and delivering drug paraphernalia.
Ronald Brown, one store owner and manager, is charged with manslaughter in the death of a 16 year-old juvenile from Clay County. According to the Medical Examiner, a chemical compound found in the synthetic drug product called Sunshine caused the juvenile’s death. A witness to the death informed law enforcement that the Sunshine the juvenile smoked, was purchased from the Smoker’s Video store on Normandy Blvd just hours before the juvenile’s death.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting the cases.