- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Two Orange County men are among six people charged with making and selling synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana and Ecstasy, among other drugs, prosecutors said.

Federal authorities said it’s the first such prosecution in Southern California, according to the Orange County Register (https://bit.ly/1iwQZFC ).

Kyle Kledzik, 26, of Dana Point and Sean Libbert, 38, of Newport Coast were arrested by federal agents Friday morning.

At a court hearing Friday afternoon, each pleaded not guilty to selling $12 million worth of “spice,” ”bath salts” and the chemicals used in making the drugs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. A judge ordered both held pending trial.

Spice is synthetic marijuana, and bath salts are a group of drugs that cause effects similar to Ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine, LSD and khat, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The men sold the drugs through a business called RCS Labs, prosecutors said. Libbert ran the business and paid Kledzik to do work that included picking up packages sent to mailboxes around Orange County, the indictment said.

They sent drugs in the mail to people around the country and sold the spice under the name “Da Kine Blend,” according to court documents.

Libbert and Kledzik also are accused of importing some of the chemicals from China.

The other four defendants, three of whom are still at large and unidentified, are Chinese, prosecutors said.


Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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