Leader of synthetic drug ring arrested on Molokai

| May 21, 2012 | 6 Comments

A multi-million dollar illegal drug operation producing the synthetic drug known as K2 was broken up after the lead defendant was arrested last Tuesday on Molokai.

A Bulgarian man was arrested on Molokai last week and has been charged with manufacturing and distributing K2, sometimes called synthetic marijuana. This group attempted to corner the market on K2 by purchasing a variety of related domain names, including K2blonde.com. K2 blonde is shown above.

Alexander Dimov, 33, a Bulgarian national, was arrested May 15 on Molokai and transported to Honolulu to appear in federal court. He was then transported to Oregon where he will face charges as the lead defendant among four defendants named in a six-count indictment.

Alexander Dimov

“This indictment marks a new era in combating narcotics trafficking by organizations which manufacture seemingly endless variations of synthetic substances in an effort to stay one step ahead of law enforcement,” said U. S. Attorney Amanda Marshal.

The arrest was part of a coordinated effort of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assisting in the investigation were agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

The designer drug K2, also known as Spice, contains synthetic cannabinoids, which have a similar effect as natural cannabis. The mixed chemical compounds are blended with natural herb extracts and are often marketed as “incense.” In some cases, K2 has been known to induce prolonged and acute psychosis. The lack of an antipsychotic chemical, similar to cannabidiol found in natural cannabis, may make synthetic cannabis more likely to induce psychosis than natural cannabis. Because of its danger, the DEA has classified it as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, reserved for those substances with a high potential for abuse.

Since early 2011, HSI and IRS agents, working closely with financial analysts from the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), have been investigating this conspiracy that has engaged in large-scale wholesale distribution of K2. The indictment claims that the defendants used the internet to market and distribute K2 and are alleged to have purchased dozens of domain names, including “k2drugs.com” and “k2incense.org” to obtain a monopoly on the market for K2.

The investigation culminated on May 15 with the execution of search warrants at the defendants’ residences and a warehouse in Vancouver, Wash., where agents seized hundreds of pounds of dried plant materials, packaging equipment and chemicals.

Dimov, along with defendant Ryan Scott — who was arrested the same day in his home in Vancouver, Wash. — are being charged with conspiring with others to manufacture and distribute the synthetic drug. The conspiracy count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. The defendants are also charged with illegal importation, smuggling, distributing misbranded drugs and money laundering.

“With these arrests, HSI has halted a multi-million dollar business that we believe was a threat to public health and safety,” said Brad Bench, acting special agent in charge of HSI Seattle. “The public should be aware that these synthetic drugs are just as dangerous, and now just as illegal, as similar controlled substances.”

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  1. Huana Ke Aloha says:

    I’m so sorry these idiots from the mainland and abroad are bringing this crap onto the islands. We visit Hawai’i as a mental and spiritual refuge…and to try to get away from stuff like this. No one is immune anymore.

  2. kalaniua ritte says:

    they should investigate monsanto and mycogens pest/herbicides which are a threat to public health and safety.at least with k2 or any other drug you have a CHOICE to buy and consume it.mycogen an monsanto just spray thier poisions into the open air,poisioning any thing living that comes in contact with it.they are worst than drug dealers.. accepting $$ from myco/monsanto is the same as accepting $$ from drug dealers..blood $$

  3. jo says:

    Maybe the journalists at the Molokai News can just start incorporating a non-sensical anti-monsanto rant at the end of each story.

    That way the comments section will be left to comments that actually pertain to the story.

    Or… maybe there can be some investigative journalism from the Molokai News into these claims, so that we can finally hear the real story.

    In the meantime, these comments sections have become just another public soapbox for people to use to air whatever issues they have, whether they are relevant to the story or not.

    Just a thought/suggestion/hint.

    • mel says:

      Non-sensical? Broken record?? The poisoning of the aina, the keikei, the kapuna do not fail under that heading in my book. It’s time for us to wake up to the real, evil forces that are here. The information is out there- the investigations have been done. Whatever it takes to get the word out. We need more like kalanuia! The time has come.

    • kalaniua ritte says:

      lolo and jo, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. google it or just ask SIRI.ignorance is not an excuse.

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