Eagle businessman sentenced as part of spice crackdown

June 27, 2013 

William Oldenburg, 66 of Eagle, was sentenced Thursday in United States District Court on charges stemming from a crackdown on illegal sales of drug paraphernalia and spice, a synthetic form of cannabis, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Oldenberg is the owner of Gary's Dream, LLC, which operated Boise Beverage and Tobacco and The Pit Stop Express, both on W. Fairview Avenue in Boise.

Oldenburg admitted that between March 2011, and May 2012 he conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 1,800 pounds of the synthetic marijuana substitute known as spice. He also admitted to taking part in a conspiracy to conduct a series of financial transactions in order to evade federal reporting requirements.

Oldenburg was ordered to serve three years of probation for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance analogue and conspiracy to structure transactions. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Oldenburg to forfeit $580,000, and pay a $5,000 fine. He will spend the next eight weekends in the Ada County Jail, to be followed by six months home detention, and 200 hours of community service.

Oldenburg and Johns are among 17 people charged last year as part of Operation Not for Human Consumption, which targeted 13 Treasure Valley businesses. According to search warrant affidavits, nine of the 13 businesses were openly selling spice.

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