Jamaica Junction Owner Receives Prison Sentence
The Owner of Jamaica Junction is sentenced to serve 11 and-a-half to 23 and-a-half months in the Centre County Correctional Facility for selling synthetic marijuana from his store.
Last September, Michael Hultberg pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver and possession of paraphernalia with intent to deliver.
In addition to the jail sentence Hultberg will pay a $500 fine and will give up all contraband seized by police. Investigators reportedly confiscated thousands of devices used to ingest illicit drugs from Hultberg’s store, along with more than 3,000 packages of synthetic marijuana.
According to prosecutors, police made numerous purchases of synthetic marijuana at Hultberg’s store on Pugh Street. Investigators claim Hultberg had about five pounds of synthetic drugs delivered to Jamaica Junction every week.
The district attorney’s office says Hultberg was selling synthetic marijuana under “a thinly veiled ruse of an aromatherapy product.” The investigation was triggered after police saw an increase in crimes linked to bath salts and synthetic marijuana. There were reports of people from outside Centre County driving here to make purchases. Those drugs were eventually banned by the state legislature.
In a news release, District Attorney, Stacy Parks Miller says drug pushers masquerading as businesspeople will not be tolerated. “Those who seek profit at the expense of addicts, children, and our communities’ quality of life will find no sanctuary among the honest, responsible businesses that help make Centre County the great place it is,” she says.