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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Minnesota Man Sentenced to 72 Months for Manufacturing Synthetic Cannabinoids

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Blake Dennis, 30, Winona, Minn., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to six years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to manufacture, package, and distribute synthetic smokeable cannabinoids, commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana.   Dennis pleaded guilty to this charge on July 13, 2016.

Between January 10, 2010, and December 2012, Dennis was involved in a conspiracy to manufacture substances containing AM2201 and JWH250, both controlled substance analogues.  Dennis sprayed these chemicals onto damiana leaves and sold the products in Minnesota and Wisconsin under the business name Midwest Botanicals.  Most of the chemicals were obtained from China. 

Dennis was aware that the products he sold, known generally as synthetic marijuana, were more potent and dangerous than marijuana, and that the individuals buying the product intended to smoke it.

The charge against Dennis was the result of an investigation conducted by the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Drug Enforcement Administration. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey M. Anderson.

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