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Kansas Man Charged with Distributing Synthetic Marijuana

The owner of a head shop in Wichita has been indicted on federal charges of distributing synthetic marijuana, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Bret Welch
Brett Welch, 55, Hutchinson, Kan., owner of Mystic Planet at 2610 S. Seneca in Wichita, is charged with 13 counts of distributing a synthetic version of marijuana, which is a controlled substance.  In addition he is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

The indictment alleges Welch sold synthetic marijuana to undercover buyers on April 17, April 19, April 24, April 26, May 1, May 10, May 29, June 14, July 2, July 17, July 18 and Aug. 7, 2013, in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on each drug count; and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other two counts.  The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

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