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Centre Co. business owner sentenced to prison
By: WJAC Web Staff
BELLEFONTE, Pa. The co-owner of a Centre County business was sentenced to prison Monday following his guilty plea to drug possession charges.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said Michael Hultberg was sentenced by Judge Jonathan Grine to 11 1/2 to 23 1/2 in prison for selling synthetic marijuana.
Parks-Millers said Hultberg owned and operated Jamaica Junction in downtown State College. During several occasions, police made purchases of illegal synthetic marijuana at the store.
Prosecutors said their investigation showed Hultberg was getting his supply of illegal drugs from multiple sources and would have approximately 5 pounds of the synthetic drugs delivered to his store per week.
Prosecutors said Hultberg sold synthetic marijuana as an aromatherapy product. The investigation into the selling of synthetic marijuana was in conjunction with county-wide investigation into the selling of bath salts, another illegal synthetic drug.
Investigators said thousands of devices used to ingest illicit drugs were seized from Jamaica Junction as well as more than 3,000 packages of synthetic marijuana from 28 different brands.
Synthetic marijuana was banned following the banning of bath salts by state and federal authorities.
Parks-Miller sought an injunction in May 2011 to ban bath salts, and following the injunction, the state legislature also banned synthetic marijuana.
Parks-Miller said Hultberg will be confined in the Centre County Correctional Facility and was also sentenced to pay a $500 fine and turn over all confiscated contraband found during searches of his business. Hultberg had requested to serve his sentence on house arrest, but the judge denied that request.