- Associated Press - Thursday, July 27, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Federal authorities say two California men have been convicted of running a drug trafficking ring that made millions of dollars distributing synthetic marijuana in northern New York and other parts of the nation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Syracuse says Andrew Raymond and Brian Requena, both of Los Angeles, were found guilty Wednesday of drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Prosecutors say the two men had warehouses in Los Angeles where they produced and distributed synthetic pot across the U.S., including to several head shops in New York’s North Country. Officials say each man was making about $100,000 per week at the height of their drug operation.

Authorities say Raymond and Requena wired millions of dollars to China to buy the powder form of the synthetic marijuana used in their finished product.

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