The Boulder Daily Camera adds that the action was prompted by Carey Ferguson, a mom in Loveland who discovered that her son had purchased spice in the store, then bought some herself and took it to local cops.The Camera points out that Leaming was acquitted of two felonies in regard to the Ferguson sale -- but he also wound up facing charges in regard to the raid. He was finally arrested in September 2013 -- a delay Fox31 chalks up to the time it took to test the seized substances and determine what was actually in them. And this past June, the Camera reports, he was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids. His sentence, imposed last month: four years on probation and one year of work release.
That left the lawsuit -- the first of four the AG's office has filed against businesses accused of peddling spice. And in the aforementioned decree, Leaming was ordered to pay $100,000 in civil penalties -- $5,000 by September 1, followed by monthly payments of $2,000 starting October 1 and continuing until the amount is paid in full.The judgement is "the nation's largest-ever civil fine for selling spice products against a single store," the AG's office maintains in a release that contains the following Suthers quote: "Spice is a dangerous, volatile drug that is illegal despite the claims of many store owners that it is not. My office will continue working with our law enforcement partners and the retail industry to remove spice from store shelves and prosecute peddlers of these products."
That's not good news for the targets of those other spice lawsuits. Here's a look at Leaming's 2012 booking photo, followed by the aforementioned document.
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