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Wauau synthetic pot case ends in plea agreement


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Wausau business owner has entered into a plea agreement after being accused of selling synthetic marijuana. 48-year-old John Rundell operates Blazin’ Gifts on Wausau’s 6th Street. Police caught him with 138 packages of the recently-banned substance in October of 2011.

Synthetic marijuana, usually a mixture of dried herbs with chemical additives, was legal until late in 2010 when a Wausau ordinance banned sales. A statewide ban was passed in the summer of 2012.

Rundell pled guilty to possession of a non-narcotic with intent to deliver. Charges of possessing untaxed controlled substances and maintaining a drug trafficking place were dismissed.

Judge Michael Moran granted Rundell a deferred entry of judgment in the case. Doing this allows Rundell to complete court ordered drug treatment and counselling. Rundell will appear before a judge in early 2016 to review the case. If treatment is successful, and he stays out of legal trouble, Rundell will not have to be incarcerated.

Two other men will be in court Monday on similar charges. 29-year-old Justin Beese and 30-year-old Dale Schroeder have nearly identical charges filed against them.