Man behind distribution of synthetic marijuana sentenced to 7 years

GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Federal prosecutors say he was a major source of synthetic marijuana for the Tri-Cities region between 2010 and 2012 and because of his crimes he’ll now spend the next seven years in prison.

Mitchell Lee Chambers pleaded guilty earlier this year to two federal charges connected to the distribution of up to almost 900 pounds of synthetic marijuana, some of which he and others bought from China and Europe, according to federal court documents.

A federal judge in Greeneville sentenced the man to 87 months in prison today, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Smith. Chambers also agreed to forfeit roughly $500,000 in seized assets.

A 2013 Center for Substance Abuse Treatment report revealed synthetic marijuana was the third most used substance by high school students, just behind alcohol and marijuana.

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