- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A man who ran a Southern California ring that distributed $12 million worth of the synthetic drug known as “spice” has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges.

Sean Libbert of Newport Beach entered the pleas Monday. He’s facing at least six years in federal prison.

Authorities say Libbert’s organization smuggled chemicals from China into the U.S. to create a drug that is supposed to mimic the high of marijuana and then distributed the resulting concoction.

Five other people have pleaded guilty in connection with the operation.

Spice is the name for various combinations of chemicals that are sold as a cheap high. The drug is particularly attractive to the poor and homeless.

In recent months, spice overdoses are believed to have sickened some 70 people in Los Angeles.

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