Risky Business owner Ronald William Beattie Jr. of Baxter — who allegedly had 79 sale transactions Thursday of “Mean Green” and other synthetic cannabinoids that he was selling out of his Brainerd store on Washington Street — was arrested Thursday by Brainerd police.
This was not Beattie’s first arrest for selling synthetic cannabinoids, as he was arrested twice last year for the illegal sale. Beattie was charged Friday in Crow Wing District Court for the sale of synthetic cannabinoids. Judge David Ten Eyck set Beattie’s next omnibus hearing for 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
The synthetic cannabinoids laws just got tougher this year as Gov. Mark Dayton signed a mock bill that expands the definition of illicit synthetic substances. The controlled substance bill was signed into law in April and it took effect on Aug. 1. The bill enhances current laws regarding the production and use of synthetic drugs in Minnesota.
The law also increases the penalty for sale of synthetic cannabinoids from a gross misdemeanor to a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years, a $10,000 fine, or both.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Beattie:
• At 9 p.m. Aug. 8, Brainerd police conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation on a vehicle that had just left the Risky Business parking lot in Brainerd.
During the stop, the officer made contact with the passenger, who was in possession of a package of “Mean Green.” The passenger admitted that he had purchased it at Risky Business just prior to being stopped and he also identified Ronald William Beattie Jr., as the male who sold the package to him.
• The officer provided the package of “SYN Mean Green” that was seized during the traffic stop to a narcotics investigator with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division. The investigator Thursday conducted a field test confirming that the substance that was inside the foil envelope tested positive for a chemical that is found in synthetic cannabinoids.
• At 5:37 p.m. Thursday, investigators arrived at Risky Business and informed Beattie that they had a search warrant for his place of business. The investigator informed Beattie of the individual who was stopped leaving Risky Business one day prior and was in possession of synthetic cannabinoids.
• During the search, the investigator observed 49 packets of “SYN Mean Green” that consisted of 3-grams of the chemical in a white plastic bag on the floor behind the register. Also located were four 3-grams and four 1-gram packets of “SYN Fire” and one 1-gram packet of “SYN Mean Green” tucked under paper bags near the cash register. The investigator asked Beattie to run a receipt showing the daily transactions. Beattie did so and then explained the sales of “SYN” shows on the receipt as “KAMA.” The investigator observed on the receipt 79 transactions for “KAMA.”
The first incident with Beattie began when a new law went into effect July 1, 2011, in Minnesota that prohibits the possession and sale of synthetic cannabinoids. Brainerd police then advised Risky Business to stop selling the synthetic marijuana. On July 27, 2011, Beattie was arrested for selling the illegal products. Police then seized an amount with an estimated value of more than $12,000. The second incident was on Dec. 8, 2011, when officers conducted a controlled buy of the suspected illegal synthetic cannabinoids at the lingerie, novelty and video store and arrested Beattie again. Police then seized about 430 individual packages of variety of suspected synthetic cannabinoids labeled under names of “Down 2 Earth,” Mystic” and “Kush Max.” The products have an estimated sale value of more than $15,000.