First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida
For the first time since the rise of the popular “alternative” to marijuana – synthetic pot, an arrest has been made of a man accused of distributing the substance. The Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA) has dramatically shifted the movement against synthetic marijuana that has been freely available at gas stations and head shops throughout Florida. Florida legislators have been itching to act against the widely available psychoactive substance and now, this arrest in Palm Beach County marks the first ever federal charge for distributing a now controlled substance.
Synthetic Marijuana in South Florida
Forms of synthetic marijuana have been widely available in gas stations and head shops throughout South Florida, with popular names like “Spice,” “K2,” and “Mr. Nice Guy.” According to an article in WPTV News, an investigation was launched in January into a potential South Florida distributor located in the Boca Raton area. Joel Howard Lester, 52, is now sitting in Palm Beach County jail accused of distributing $300 worth of “Mr. Nice Guy,” that was found to have a compound on the banned list that serves as a regulation against synthetic marijuana.
According to the article, Lester is going to need some serious help from his criminal defense lawyer because he is a Canadian national who is in the United States illegally on an expired visa, and he has several aliases and passports, according to a magistrate’s court order that Lester be held without bond.court records indicate he is trying to negotiate a plea deal.
If you are a gas station owner or a head shop owner, it is imperative that you get in contact with a criminal defense lawyer because law enforcement is cracking down on the distribution of synthetic marijuana. A criminal defense lawyer can help you prepare a solid defense strategy because the issues with synthetic marijuana are so new and law enforcement are scrambling to enforce the new laws.