Florida resident Joel Lester pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute synthetic marijuana on Friday, June 8, 2012, before the United States District Judge Kenneth A. Marra. <!--more-->Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that Lester owned Nature and Health, a business in Boca Raton, FL, “through which he marketed and sold synthetic marijuana products to convenience stores and gas stations where the products were then made available for sale to members of the general public.” Synthetic marijuana products are marketed under names such as Spice, K2, and Zohai, and are made of chemicals that are very dangerous to ingest. Many of the synthetic marijuana products marketed and sold by Lester, including a product called Mr Nice Guy, contained substances that are illegal under the DEA emergency ban on synthetic drugs effective March 1, 2011. According to the plea agreement, during the course of the conspiracy, Lester knowingly distributed and possessed with the intent to distribute at least 10 kilograms, but not more than 20 kilograms, of banned synthetic marijuana products, indicates DEA. As part of his plea agreement, Lester agreed to forfeit $300,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for August 24, 2012, and Lester faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000,000. Additional information is provided in a DEA news release.