Lebanon Man Sentenced for $1.2 Million K2 Distribution at Lebanon Store
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Lebanon, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for a mail fraud scheme that involved the distribution of more than $1.2 million of synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as K2, from a head shop in Lebanon.
Eric Scott Reynolds, 33, of Lebanon, was sentenced on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to six years in federal prison without parole.
Eric Reynolds was employed at Lucky’s Novelties in Lebanon and distributed synthetic drugs from the head shop. On Oct. 15, 2015, he pleaded guilty to his role in a mail fraud conspiracy and to participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.
His brother and co-defendant, Stephen Brian Reynolds, 36, of Camdenton, Mo., was the owner of Lucky’s Novelties. Stephen Reynolds was sentenced on June 29, 2015, to six years in federal prison without parole after pleading guilty to the mail fraud conspiracy and to money laundering. The court also ordered him to forfeit to the government $1,167,990, which was obtained from the distribution of K2, as well as real estate in Eldridge, Mo., funds in bank accounts, approximately $128,000 that was seized from his residence and a safe deposit box, a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee, a 2007 Ducati 1098 motorcycle, three pistols, two rifles and a shotgun.
Stephen and Eric Reynolds both admitted they participated in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud from March 1, 2011, to Dec. 11, 2012. They defrauded the Food and Drug Administration and the public by using mail deliveries in a conspiracy to distribute several products that were labeled as “incense” or “potpourri” and “not for human consumption,” when in reality these substances were synthetic marijuana intended for human consumption as a drug.
Between Sept. 15, 2011, and July 25, 2012, Stephen and Eric Reynolds deposited $1,245,761 in proceeds from the distribution of K2 into bank accounts and a safety deposit box. Based upon DEA undercover purchases, they charged approximately $1 for every 300 mg of K2. Therefore, they distributed approximately 373 kilograms of K2.
Stephen Reynolds was also part-owner of a Springfield, Mo., head shop known as Doobies, which he supplied with wholesale quantities of synthetic marijuana for distribution and from which he received 40 percent of the profits. His partners have also been sentenced in a separate but related case for their roles in the mail fraud conspiracy.
Stephen Reynolds’s sentencing also reflects the court’s finding that he was in possession of firearms in connection with the offense. When DEA agents searched his residence, they seized a Smith and Wesson .380-caliber pistol, a Ruger .380-caliber pistol, an FHN 5.7-caliber pistol, a Ruger AR-15 rifle, a Bushmaster ACR rifle, a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun, body armor and ammunition. Agents also seized cardboard boxes containing synthetic cannabinoids weighing approximately 58 kilograms. Agents also seized $7,506 from a safe in the garage. Law enforcement officers also executed a search warrant at Lucky’s Novelties and seized a handgun.
This case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Laclede County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Lebanon, Mo., Police Department and the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG).
Updated September 9, 2015