Kari Steelman and Julia Cox Plead No Contest To Drug Related Charge
Two women accused of distributing a synthetic form of marijuana that sickened several people last year, are not contesting the charges against them.
Kari Steelman of Casper and Julia Cox of Tennessee, have each pleaded no contest to one federal charge of distribution of a controlled substance to a person under 18 years old, resulting in serious bodily injury.
In February of last year, Casper Police were notified by the Natrona County Department of Health. that three people had been admitted to a hospital for kidney failure after ingesting "spice".
One of the victims was a juvenile who told investigators he had recently purchased a new blueberry and bubble gum flavor of spice from Steelman.
It turned out Steelman was the seller, while Cox was the one obtaining the goods and bringing them to Casper.
A health alert was issued and 12 other cases in five other states were eventually discovered.
Since that time, all of the victims have recovered.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek no more than a three-to-five year prison sentence, which will be handed down at a later date.