- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri man has joined his brother in pleading guilty to a conspiracy to distribute more than $1.2 million worth of synthetic marijuana.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 32-year-old Eric Scott Reynolds, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit mail fraud and money laundering. His brother, 35-year-old Stephen Brian Reynolds, of Eldridge, admitted the same charges in August.

The brothers will be sentenced later, but their plea agreements require them to forfeit about $1.2 million plus real estate, motor vehicles and firearms.

Stephen Reynolds owns a Lebanon store called Lucky’s Novelties, where his brother also works.

Prosecutors said that from March 2011 until they were charged in December 2012, they distributed about 373 kilograms of synthetic marijuana from the store.

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