- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the owner of a company that sold illegal synthetic drugs in West Virginia has been fined $375,000.

Morrisey said Thursday that the fine is part of a permanent injunction issued by the Putnam County Circuit Court against Nutragenomics Manufacturing LLC owner Drew Green. According to the attorney general, Green violated state law by misleading customers and mislabeling the chemicals his now-defunct company sold over the phone and online.

Synthetic drugs are chemicals that are specifically designed to mimic the effects of marijuana, methamphetamine and other controlled substances.

An investigation by Morrisey’s office led to federal agents seizing Nutragenomics’ assets. Green later pleaded guilty in Louisiana to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. He was sentenced last year to nine years and nine months in federal prison.

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