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Marshfield man indicted for trafficking synthetic marijuana


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- More details have been released about the case involving a Marshfield man facing federal drug charges for allegedly trafficking synthetic marijuana.

50-year-old Kenneth Chastain managed Avalon on 4th LLC. Federal agents say Chastain marketed a form of the synthetic drug called Spice or Sunburst. Agents have 29 counts listed in the indictment against Chastain for distributing the product to retailers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska.

Investigators believe Chastain was getting the illegal drug from Colorado sources that were bringing it in from China. He was one of hundreds of people arrested Wednesday in a 25-state coordinated effort.

U.S. Attorney John Walsh issued a statement saying, “Spice, bath salts or whatever name this dangerous product goes by, is made up largely of synthetic chemicals imported from abroad without any safety oversight.” Walsh added, “There is nothing natural or organic about it. Spice is a form of foreign-laboratory-produced poison and has sent many users to the hospital or even to the morgue. Just because a gas station or convenience store is selling it doesn’t make it legal, let alone safe.”

Chastain will have a court appearance May 22nd in Denver, Colorado.