Owners Of Spice And Bath Salts Store Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The owners of a Gloucester, Virginia store that sold synthetic marijuana and amphetamines were each sentenced yesterday to ten years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and were ordered to forfeit $425,000 as proceeds of their drug distribution activities.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the sentences were imposed by U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.
Daniel Bray, 34, and Rachel Webb-Harvey, 25, both of Gloucester, pleaded guilty in September 2013 to conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, analogue drugs as the owners of the store “A Lil’ of This, a Lil’ of That” on George Washington Highway in Gloucester. According to court records, from January to July 2012, the defendants sold a variety of analogue drugs commonly referred to as “Spice,” the generic street name for synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the physical effects of marijuana, and “Bath Salts,” which contain substituted cathinones that have effects similar to amphetamines.
Five other defendants were sentenced previously for their roles in the conspiracy. Those defendants include Jose N. Alvarado, who was sentenced to seven years in prison; Sandra A. Webb, who received 56 months; Shawn R. Woodlen, who received 50 months; Jeromy L. Hawk, who received ten months; and Jeffery A. Fowlkes, who received five months in prison.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Virginia State Police Tri-Rivers and Peninsula Task Forces, the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Hurt prosecuted the case.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:13-cr-45.