Past Eunice Louisiana Attorney At Law Was Among Men Charged By Feds In Synthetic Cannabis Case Nine
9 charged by feds in Synthetic cannabis case as well as a former attorney
Former Eunice, Louisiana attorney Daniel Stanford and eight additional men have been indicted on federal charges in an alleged synthetic weed producing and distribution network that brought in millions 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 business, Curious Goods, is as well charged in the 27 pages of the indictment.
The business sold about $5 million worth of "Mr. Miyagi" at its five Acadiana locations from March 1 to Dec. 31, 2011, the indictment says, alleging that the merchandise sold as potpourri was in fact laced with synthetic cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids give a marijuana-like high and are a illegal substance.
The suppliers of the synthetic cannabinoids were Reece, Green, Malone, Barrow and Espinoza, according to the indictment
The document says Francis is the president and Stanford is the director of Retail Compliance association, a Louisiana business that Stanford and Francis used to instruct, advise and instruct the workers and owners of Curious Goods on how to put up for sale exhibit 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 mixed up with Curious Goods were at hand for a training session.
The indictment indicates that a day subsequent to the meeting, Stanford was paid by an unindicted co-conspirator a figure of $80,000.
According to the indictment Stanford was compensated a total amount of $156,927 by Pinnacle Products, the business controlled by Barrow and Espinoza.
Domingue was compensated $91,319 by both the businesses.
The indictment says Pinnacle Products manufactured "Mr. Miyagi" for sale at Curious Goods.
Stanford is representing himself in the case saying he has done nothing criminal.
The indictment additionally 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.