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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Morgantown man pleads guilty to synthetic marijuana distribution, money laundering charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Randolph Kocan, 61, of Morgantown, West Virginia, pled guilty to distribution of synthetic marijuana and money laundering, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Kocan was the manager of Mid Nite Adult in Morgantown, WV where he sold synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as “spice”, “K2”, “incense”, or “fake weed” for nearly two years. Synthetic cannabinoids are designer drugs that resemble a controlled substance in molecular structure and actual or intended physiological effect. 

He pled guilty today to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Synthetic Cannabinoids and Schedule I Controlled Substance Analogue,” and one count of “Engaging in a Monetary Transaction with Cash Derived from Specified Unlawful Activity.” He faces up to twenty years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the conspiracy charge and up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the monetary laundering charge. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zelda E. Wesley prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Mon Metro Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Three Rivers Drug Task Force investigated. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi presided.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 6, 2016