Five people from Middle Tennessee are facing a federal indictment for making and selling synthetic drugs, as well as money laundering and other charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says they sold the drugs wholesale throughout the U.S. under names like “Molly’s Plant Food” and “El Cheapo.” The five defendants also stand accused of using as fronts a couple Nashville smoke shops called “Toke-N-Roll.”
State officials have struggled to keep up with the evolution of synthetics made to mimic the chemistry of illegal drugs, with dangerous side effects.
The indictment says for more than a year the group made the drugs in a warehouse in Kentucky using chemicals from the Internet and a rusty concrete mixer.
The drug conspiracy carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a $1 million fine.