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Spice: Tobacco King Sang Leaming's $100,000 Fine Largest for Store Selling "Synthetic Pot"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Sang Leaming in a lighthearted photo from his Facebook page. Additional pics and more below.
We've been reporting about local law enforcement agencies' war on spice, a product popularly known as synthetic pot even though it has little in common with actual cannabis. Now, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers -- the newly minted Colorado Springs mayoral candidate featured earlier today in an interview with Kyle Harris -- has brought the hammer down on one convicted spice purveyor: Sang Leaming, who owned the Longmont shop Tobacco King. A consent judgement on view below calls on Leaming to pay a $100,000 fine -- the largest ever for a single store selling spice, the AG's office maintains. Photos, details and the document below.

See also: Spice Raids Address Health Crisis Caused by "Synthetic Marijuana," Spokesman Says

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A Fox31 image of Longmont's Tobacco King.
The case against Leaming has been a long time coming. According to a October 2013 Fox31 report, the Tobacco King was originally raided in July 2012, with agents from the Department of Revenue collecting more than 1,000 packages of spice.

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.

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Another Facebook portrait of Sang Leaming.
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.

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Leaming's most recent Facebook profile image.
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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Sang Leaming.

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34 comments
Darrell Oliver
Darrell Oliver

My son whose 24 and daughter whose 28 is addicted to K2 synthetic incense in Florida they soak it in chemicals like acetone its comes with bad withdrawals I am very disappointed as a parent but they ban it in stores now u can buy it on the streets or one county over in Tampa

Jason Klumker
Jason Klumker

They should also charge him with racial profiling. White people have come a long way since the 60's, "King".

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller

It is justafiable.. It's dangerous. . Has no value and continues to hurt and kill people.. It's illegal to sell and very dangerous. He knows this and put more value on profit than individuals..

JR Stradtner
JR Stradtner

Yes because it is killing kids with one smoke.

Marie Corbett
Marie Corbett

YES !!! It's dangerous! ! Worse than Crack withdrawal symptoms from every thing I've seen so far

John Jones
John Jones

He needs some prison time, My neighbor is on that stuff! " Mike chutney" spice has has turned them into a using sociopath

Betty Miller
Betty Miller

Yes. This stuff kills unsuspecting youth. No one really knows what is in it.

Michael Gardner
Michael Gardner

There are no redeeming qualities of that crap. Get that \U0001f4a9 off the streets now.

Leon Wilcox
Leon Wilcox

Not really when there are actual murderers rapists and real drug problems out there

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

The cost of being alienated from the world of politics and law can be high.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Wonder how big the fine and prison sentence will be against the primary manufacturer / wholesaler in Colorado who supplied 100s of these little retail outlets -- Creager Mercantile.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Darrell Oliver "My son whose [sic] 24 and daughter whose [sic] 28 ..."


No doubt suffered from their father's illiteracy.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and who the FUCK ARE YOU to tell other people what they can or can't put into their own body?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you're killing humanity with your stupidity. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Marie Corbett <== another ignorant cunt who has no idea what she's yammering about

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so who's forcing your neighbor to use "spice" ?

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@melvin hamilton


"He should of got some time added on"


Like those alcohol retailers that peddle poisonous, toxic alcohol to adults for recreational use?  Oops...they don't go to prison...


"Harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people annually, causes illness and injury to millions more, and increasingly affects younger generations and drinkers in developing countries. Nearly 4% of all deaths are related to alcohol."


https://ncadd.org/in-the-news/155-25-million-alcohol-related-deaths-worldwide-annually

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... are your kids stupid enough to use it?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Michael Gardner <== prohibitionist

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @RobertChase Hilarious!  There is no indication that either you or your sycophant have ever participated in the public debate in person.  Any number of the people screwing up government know who I am.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase "Any number of the people screwing up government know who I am."


The egomaniacal bombastic blowhard who's alienated from the REALITY of politics and law.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @RobertChase I seek to change the status quo and the Law by public advocacy -- you and your dimwit supporter(s) just expostulate and carp online; see the difference?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... seek all you want, and militate until you go blind, your support for the Prohibitionist Commercialization of marijuana via A64 renders you a political pariah to anyone fighting for REAL legalization.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @RobertChase You are a liar; you are not fighting for legalization; you are an agent for the prohibitionists!  You have failed to call for an end of felonies based on our Constitution; you serve the enemy!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... keep calling, numbnuts, you're dialing the wrong number, as usual.

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