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Joplin business owner sentenced to 3 years in prison for selling K2


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — A man has been sentenced to three years in prison for mail fraud conspiracy and money laundering related to the sale of more than $1 million worth of synthetic marijuana known as K2 through his business in Joplin.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/1RjXGBa ) reports 54-year-old Timmy J. Ridgway of Weir, Kansas, was sentenced Tuesday in Springfield. Prosecutors said Ridgeway, who operated The Looking Glass shop, distributed K2 through his business even though he marketed his products as incense "not intended for human consumption."

According to court documents, K2 products were sent to Ridgeway's shop 80 times between December 2011 and March 2013 from Ohio and California.

Ridgway was ordered to forfeit about $286,000, his business in Joplin, a residential property in Pittsburg, Kansas, and the funds seized from his business and bank accounts on March 4.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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