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Spice crackdown suspects due in federal court

Posted at 11:29 AM, May 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-08 16:28:53-04

DENVER (AP) — People indicted in Denver for allegedly distributing and buying synthetic marijuana are scheduled to get their first hearings in federal court.

The three suspects arrested in Colorado as part of a nationwide crackdown on spice are due to appear before a magistrate judge Thursday afternoon. Six other people indicted by a Denver grand jury on charges of conspiracy and drug distribution were arrested in other states.

They include John Bowen of Las Vegas and Daniel Bernier of Cocoa Beach, Florida. Prosecutors say they ran companies in Florida and Colorado that imported chemicals from China to make spice and sold it under various brand names to smoke shops in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Alaska, Ohio, Georgia and Illinois as well as Colorado.

It wasn't immediately clear if Bowen or Bernier have lawyers yet.