Scranton Man pleads guilty to unlawfully importing synthetic cannabinoids from China

Scranton Man pleads guilty to unlawfully importing synthetic cannabinoids from China

Scranton, PA

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that John Verkitus, age 56, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to unlawfully importing synthetic cannabinoids from China between November 2015 and September 2016.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Verkitus admitted to ordering via the internet and receiving parcels containing synthetic cannabinoids on a monthly basis. In September 2016, postal inspectors intercepted two parcels from Hong Kong and Guangdong, China, intended for Verkitus, and a subsequent court-authorized search revealed that the parcels contained synthetic cannabinoids. The parcels were labeled as “plastic accessories” and “car tools kits” to disguise their true contents.

Judge Mannion ordered a presentence investigation to be completed. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

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