The indictment was unsealed Tuesday.
Charged are Daniel James Stanford, 54, of Lafayette and formerly of Eunice; Barry L. Domingue, 52, Carencro (and also a lawyer in Lafayette); Richard Joseph Buswell, 44, Lafayette; Alexander Derrick Reece, 40, Gainesville, Fla.; Drew T. Green, 38, Roswell, Ga.; Thomas William Malone Jr., 45, Roswell, Ga.; Boyd Anthony Barrow, 43, Canton, Ga.; Joshua Espinoza, 49, Marietta, Ga.; and Daniel Paul Francis, 42, Dawsonville, Ga.
Buswell’s business, Curious Goods, is also charged in the 27 pages of the indictment.
The firm sold about $5 million worth of “Mr. Miyagi” at its five Acadiana locations from March 1 to Dec. 31, 2011, the indictment says, alleging that the product sold as potpourri was actually laced with synthetic cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids produce a marijuana-like high and are a controlled and dangerous substance.
The indictment says Reece, Green, Malone, Barrow and Espinoza served as suppliers of the synthetic cannabinoids.
The document says Stanford is director and Francis is president of Retail Compliance Association, a Louisiana company that Stanford and Francis used to train, advise and instruct the owners of Curious Goods and their employees “on how to store, display and sell the ‘Mr. Miyagi’ products, on how to detect and evade law enforcement, and how to respond to customers who asked questions about how to use the ‘Mr. Miyagi’ products and/or the physiological effects of the ‘Mr. Miyagi’ products.”
Stanford and Francis are accused of holding a meeting at Buswell’s home on Dec. 7, 2011, at which they held such a training session for Domingue, Barrow, Espinoza, Buswell and others involved with Curious Goods.
A day after the meeting, Stanford was paid $80,000 by an unindicted co-conspirator, the indictment says.
The indictment further alleges Stanford received checks totaling $156,921 from Pinnacle Products, which is controlled by Espinoza and Barrow, and Curious Goods.
Meanwhile, the indictment says, Domingue received checks totaling $91,319 from the two companies.
The indictment says Pinnacle Products manufactured “Mr. Miyagi” for sale at Curious Goods.
Stanford told The Advocate Tuesday that he is representing himself in the case, saying he’s done nothing wrong.
The indictment also indicates the federal government will pursue forfeitures of $20 million in proceeds derived from the drug trafficking violations, $462,239 seized from three checking accounts, a 2006 Mercedes Benz X65 Sedan, a 2005 Baja Outlaw Speed Boat, a 2002 Pontiac Firebird and land in Lafayette Parish.