Former Eunice Louisiana Lawyer Was Among Men Charged By Feds In Synthetic Weed Case 9 Charged By Fed
9 charged by feds in Synthetic weed case including a past attorney
Former Eunice, Louisiana lawyer Daniel Stanford and eight additional men have been indicted on federal charges in an alleged synthetic weed producing and distribution network that brought in a huge number of dollars.
Tuesday the indictment was unsealed
Charged are Daniel Paul Francis, 42, Dawsonville, Ga; Joshua Espinoza, 49, Marietta, Ga; Boyd Anthony Barrow, 43, Canton, Ga; Thomas William Malone Jr., 45, Roswell, Ga.; Drew T. Green, 38, Roswell, Ga.; Alexander Derrick Reece, 40, Gainesville, Fla.;Richard Joseph Buswell, 44, Lafayette; Barry L. Domingue, 52, Carencro (and also a lawyer in Lafayette); and lastly Daniel James Stanford, 54, of Lafayette and formerly of Eunice.
Buswell's company, Curious Goods, is as well charged in the 27 pages of the indictment.
The firm had five locations and offered approximately $5 million worth of "Mr. Miyagi from March 1 to Dec 31,2011 alleging that the product sold as "potpourri was in truth laced with synthetic cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids give a marijuana-like high and are a prohibited substance.
The suppliers of the synthetic cannabinoids were Reece, Green, Malone, Barrow and Espinoza, according to the indictment
The document indicates Francis is the president and Stanford is the director of Retail Compliance association, a Louisiana company that Stanford and Francis used to instruct, advise and educate the employees and owners of Curious Goods on how to put up for sale display and market the "Mr. Miyagi" products as well as the physiological effects of the "Mr. Miyagi" products.
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Stanford and Francis are accused of holding a meeting on Dec. 7, 2011 at Buswell's residence where Domingue, Barrow, Espinoza, Buswell and other people implicated with Curious Goods were at hand for a training session.
The indictment says that a day following the meeting, Stanford was compensated by an unindicted co-conspirator a figure of $80,000.
The indictment further alleges Stanford received checks totaling $156,921 from Pinnacle Products, which is controlled by Espinoza and Barrow, and Curious Goods.
Meanwhile, the indictment indicates, Domingue received checks totaling $91,319 from the 2 businesses.
"Mr. Miyagi was offered exclusively through Curious Goods and manufactured by Pinnacle Products, says the indictment.
Stanford explained to The Advocate Tuesday that he is representing himself in the indictment, stating he's done nothing wrong.
The indictment as well says the federal government will pursue forfeitures of $20 million in proceeds resulting from the drug trafficking violations, $462,239 seized from 3 checking accounts, a 2006 Mercedes Benz X65 Sedan, a 2005 Baja Outlaw Speed Boat, a 2002 Pontiac Firebird and land in Lafayette Parish.