Authorities uncover Middlesex County Spice ring

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MIDDLESEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Seven people have been charged in a synthetic marijuana conspiracy ring, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The following are facing charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute smokeable synthetic cannabinoids (also known as Spice) with intent for human consumption and drug paraphernalia:

  • Connie Rhoades Bowler, 47, of Gloucester
  • Melody Rhoades Green, 52, of Topping
  • John Stacey Rhoades, 41, of Hayes
  • Brandon Bowler, 22, of Gloucester
  • Robert Rhoades, 19, of Hayes
  • Christopher Lowery, 29, of Farnham
  • Harrell Kenneth Stockwell, Jr., 54, of Gloucester

An indictment alleges the seven were involved in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana between May 2012 and February 2014. Connie Bowler, Melody Green and John Rhoades were the owners of Slipknots Trading & Tobacco, LLC. Documents say the shop sold synthetic marijuana products.

The documents also say law enforcement made several controlled purchases of Spice from the stores in Topping and Tappahannock.

“The authorities allege that Slipknots Trading & Tobacco sold over $3 million of SSC product over an 18-mohth period of time,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Several agencies including the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office and the Tappahannock Police Department were involved in the investigation.

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