SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The owner of Joplin business pleaded guilty to mail fraud conspiracy and money laundering related to the sale of synthetic marijuana known as K2.

Fifty-one-year-old Timmy J. Ridgway, of Weir, Kan., pleaded guilty Monday in federal court.

Prosecutors say Ridgway and others distributed K2 at his business, The Looking Glass. The synthetic product mimics the effect of marijuana but in a more intense way.

Law officers searched the business March 4 and seized about nearly 900 packages of synthetic marijuana and $7,575 in cash. They also seized $123,512 from two bank accounts.

Ridgway was ordered to forfeit $285,949, his business in Joplin, a residential property in Pittsburg, Kan., and the funds seized from his business and bank accounts on March 4.

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