Odessa, Florida -- Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco didn't mince words Thursday. He called the men who were running Bodies of Nature, a business based out of an Odessa warehouse, "pure scumbags," adding they were "basically drug dealers".
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Authorities recently arrested 58-year-old Bradley King Bostwick, his 31-year-old son Garrett King Bostwick and 39-year-old Jason Michael Lawrence after the men were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue.
Nocco says the men were buying chemicals from China and then manufacturing synthetic drugs inside the warehouse before selling them online to stores around the country.
"The quantity coming out of there was incredible," Nocco told reporters on Thursday. "This was not just a Pasco County operation. These people were shipping across the country. They had a website you could order from. They were out there shipping to South Dakota, all across the Midwest, the Northeast, California, out West, this was a huge operation."
Officials say the men were selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of synthetic drugs each month.
When the sheriff's office, along with DEA agents, raided the warehouse this summer they seized more than a ton of synthetic drugs along $625,000 cash and some vehicles.
Also indicted was Charlie William Caulder of Thomasville, GA.
If convicted the men could each face up to 20 years in prison.
Nocco says it appears the men have been selling out of the warehouse since last summer.
"This is an epidemic," Nocco said of the synthetic drug problem, "and we are taking it head on."
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