Father, Son Ran $2M Synthetic Pot Business: Feds Charge

The father-son team ran a mail order synthetic marijuana business, according to federal authorities.

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By Joseph Hosey

A father and son were charged with running a $2 million mail order synthetic marijuana business.

James Matthew Bolin, 49, and his son, 31-year-old Jimmy Bolin, of Illinois, were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.

"The Bolins bought and sold products that they and their suppliers―located in California, Florida, and New York―falsely referred to as 'incense,' 'herbal incense,' 'herbal potpourri,' and other misleading names, but, in fact, the drugs were falsely labeled, indicating they were not intended for human consumption when they actually were," the U.S. Attorney's statement said.

"The packages also failed to bear labels identifying the name and quantity of active ingredients, as well as the name and location of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor, the indictment alleges."

According to Thursday's indictment, The Bolins bought, marketed and sold products identified as G-20 Herbal Potpourri, Joker Herbal Potpourri, Caution Blitzen Herbal Potpourri, Kronik Kryponite Herbal Potpourri, AK-47 24 Karat Gold Potpourri, ZenBio Sonic Zero Cherry, ZenBio Sonic Zero Blueberry, Hip Hop, Darkness Prince, Out World, Cherry Bomb, Caution Platinum Super Strong Incense, Caution Silver Super Strong Incense, Diablo Botanical Incense, Bizarro, Smoking Santa, Mr. Happy and OMG Next Generation.

They were charged with "multiple offenses relating to misbranding and trafficking drugs," according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office. James Matthew Bolin also faces seven counts of money laundering.

The Bolin's synthetic marijuana enterprise ran from January 2010 through June 2013 and netted them about $2 million, the indictment states.

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Robert Demarco February 04, 2014 at 09:50 AM
The Patch is a mess. This story is appearing on the Wantagh Patch. We don't care about Illinois stories.
Debbie Mackenzie February 04, 2014 at 09:53 AM
I agree. I want to read Windham news.
Jane Jay February 04, 2014 at 10:05 AM
These national news stories are getting irritating. The Patch is supposed to be a local news outlet. Yet you post articles to facebook with no indication that they are national in order to drive up the number of hits you get to your site. I'm going to unfollow you on facebook if you don't start clearly indicating which stories are local and which ones are not. I'm not interested in news from California. I'm interested in what is going on in the town I live in.
Joe A. (Average) February 04, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Good story. Debbie, this is Salem patch not windham patch, get your own! I thought this was very interesting considering Salem's own smoke shop was raided not too long ago for synthetics, and bath salts. This story is very meaningful to me and I enjoyed reading it, as it keeps me aware of the criminal intents of today. NH, with increasing population of drug abusers, needs to keep its ears and eyes open for these types of drug chains, and use prior indictments (such as this one) from across the country to better morph its drug task force to handle today's style of problems and criminals within state lines. It's bringing awareness to us Salem residents, and I guess apparently Windham ones too..
webmom February 04, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Joe, and Wilmington ones too... :/
Trish Fitzpatrick February 04, 2014 at 10:37 AM
What's going on with the influx of national "stories"? Patch is sold to people as being local.
william savick February 04, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Three years and 2 million bucks, but how many buyers suffered ill-effects and permanent damage from these concoctions. Probably more news to come .
Joe A. (Average) February 04, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Everyone should at least have a smiley face in their post, considering these losers are now off the streets and not trafficking any more drugs, potentially to our friends or family.
caryle tracy February 04, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I like that Patch is now including more news outside just the area of local. It's a huge globe we travel on. A lot of "outside news" affects local happenings. An recent example was the "Bridgegate" thing. It didn't happen in my local back yard; it affects my broader backyard and that of many others; and it was interesting reading most of the perspectives of those who were directly affected by it... And those who weren't... So I say Thank You to the Editors for doing this ( and Patch) . May You keep on keepin' on!!
caryle tracy February 04, 2014 at 11:45 AM
This is a good story and valuable information. I had very little knowledge of this and now I have more. And am glad to see that this travesty of a " family business" is shut down....
caryle tracy February 04, 2014 at 11:46 AM
And it was mail order... Mailed perhaps to your local area?
caryle tracy February 04, 2014 at 12:01 PM
P.S. forgot to mention You specifically, Matt Skoufalis, Excellent Editor...
Jane Jay February 04, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Caryle, I am interested in national news--international news, too--but not on The Patch. The Patch was a local news source and it was great for finding out about all the news going on locally, whether it was big enough to make it to the other regional news sources or not. If they're going to do a 180 and start carrying national news, I think a) they need to inform their customers; and b) when they link to a story on facebook (via their local Patch) they should indicate if it is local or national so you don't have to click and read the article to find out. I have other sources I prefer for national and international news, but The Patch was THE source for local news.
steve forte February 04, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Synthetic weed . So much more dangerous then the real stuff. Decriminalize it and call it done.
Ty Conderoga February 04, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Patch: Owned by AOL. 'nuff said.
Deep Throat February 04, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I guess it's time for an informal vote. Those who want the patch to keep it just LOCAL, recommend this comment. If I get 10 recommends, then it's final we win. LOCAL ONLY. Let the voting begin!
donna manz February 04, 2014 at 01:43 PM
my god, WHAT has happened to the Patch? Why are we getting national news rather than local news? Are there NO editors? I'm not bothering to click on the Patch any longer ....
Pauly February 04, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Whats the big deal about a little national news also, dosent your local patch supply you with enough local news? Im in California and this is kind of an interesting story. My local Patch tells all the local stuff but their journalism is a little.........off.
steve forte February 04, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Maybe this format is just for a few days until they get everything In place. Who knows, the alternative may have been looking at a page with 2 local stories and nothing else.
Deep Throat February 04, 2014 at 05:09 PM
My poll closes at 8. Vote if you are registered
macgeek February 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM
glad to see someone has work and is making money. we all may as well sell pot now, since there are no other decent paying jobs in the USA.
Deep Throat February 04, 2014 at 07:07 PM
54 minutes to go, I still need 3 votes or the patch can print anything
lala February 04, 2014 at 08:49 PM
After reading this, I now have the lyrics to Cherry Bomb stuck in my head! Thanks Brian Slupski ;)
Just Wondering February 04, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Havre de Grace Patch you have did it again. Where is our local news? This stuff is sold on the corner gas station.
yeahitzme February 05, 2014 at 06:57 AM
When its purchased online or mail order from these guys...it becomes local! not local sellers but could be local buyers!?! Content of article could be informative in general. I recommend the Patch to many!
K.J. Dolney February 05, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Wow, synthetic pot! Who'da thought??? Wonder if I kin git a lid of "Virgin Polyester?" It don't wrinkle the wrappers when it's rolled!
Michelle February 05, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Why is this relevant to my Milfird Ma Patch? A few more days of this type of non relevant crap and its bye-bye Patch, I can get the same crap from the local papers...bring back those you got rid of...they got the job done right!!!


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