Union County Synthetic Marijuana Case Successfully Settled

May 19, 2014By Brian Manchester

On Thursday attorney Brian Manchester settled a synthetic marijuana case for probation. Defendant owned two stores. One was in Centre County and one was in Union County. The government alleged that Defendant was selling synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, Spice, or fake pot, from his stores in Centre County and Union County. His stores were raided in February and May of 2012. Some of the alleged substances were XLR-11 and UR-144 which the government claimed were analogues of JWH-018.

Attorney Brian Manchester assembled a team of top scientists in the field and filed several scientific motions over the past two years. These hearings exposed the position of the government’s scientist. A five day trial was scheduled to begin on June 10, 2014. After the jury was picked Mr. Manchester discussed the case with the District Attorney and pointed out the issues that they would face in trying the case. This led to an offer of probation of no more than five years with the Defendant able to argue for less. A plea was entered last Thursday for sentencing in July.

The initial offer in this case was jail. This case was investigated by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Initially there were less than a dozen charges filed against Defendant. However, the Attorney General’s office designated this as a high profile case and at the preliminary hearing almost 30 more charges were added including Corrupt Organizations, Money Laundering, Designer Drugs, and Non-Controlled Substance charges.

Charges involving synthetic marijuana are complex. The science involved is complex. If you are charged with possessing or distributing synthetic marijuana, Spice, K2, bath salts, or any other synthetic or designer drug contact the law firm of Manchester and Associates. This firm regularly handles synthetic drug cases across the state of Pennsylvania and has consulted on cases in other states.

Posted in: DUI Marijuana

Tags: Criminal Defense, Marijuana Case, Synthetic Marijuana, Union County,

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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