A south suburban father and son face federal charges of operating a mail-order synthetic marijuana business that raked in about $2 million in three years, prosecutors said today.
James M. “James Matthew” Bolin, 49, and James P. “Jimmy” Bolin, 31, were indicted Thursday on charges including distributing controlled substances, conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana, placing misbranded drugs into commerce, prosecutors said today. The two, of New Lenox, sold the drugs under names such as the Kronik Kryponite Herbal Potpourri, AK-47 24 Karat Gold Potpourri, Mr. Happy and Darkness Prince, claiming they were incense or herbal potpourri, prosecutors said.
Following an undercover investigation, federal agents on June 4 seized hundreds of packages of synthetic cannaboids—synthetic drugs that mimic the active ingredient in marijuana--and $165,247 in cash when they raided James M. Bolin’s former home in Manhattan, Ill. The home was the base for the distribution business, which went by the names “Herbal City,” “H City,” “Shop HC,” and “Show Off 2 City,” took shipments of cannaboids from distributors in California, Florida, and New York, and sold them via mail-order throughout the country, according to their indictment.
While they were operating the business from 2010 through mid-2013, the Bolins paid about $1 million to their suppliers, and brought in about $3 million in revenue, according to the indictment.
Federal agents from various agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security's investigations Chicago unit, the DEA, the IRS and the Food and Drug Administration, as well as Illinois state police, were involved in the investigation.
James M. Bolin also faces charges of money laundering.
A court date for the two has not been set.