SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two Orange County men are among six people charged with making and selling synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana and Ecstasy, among other drugs.
Federal authorities say it's the first such prosecution in Southern California.
The Orange County Register reports 26-year-old Kyle Kledzik of Dana Point and 38-year-old Sean Libbert of Newport Coast were arrested Friday morning.
At a court hearing Friday afternoon, each pleaded not guilty to selling $12 million worth of "spice," ''bath salts" and the chemicals used in making the drugs. A judge ordered both held pending trial.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the men sold the drugs through a mail-order business called RCS Labs.
Prosecutors say the other four defendants, three of whom are still at large and unidentified, are Chinese.
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