Kari Steelman To Serve Time In Spice Distribution Case
One of two women accused of distributing a synthetic form of marijuana, that sickened several people last year, was given her punishment in federal court.
Kari Steelman of Casper was sentenced to three years in prison, followed by three years of probation, after pleading 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 Julia Cox of Tennessee was the one obtaining the drug and bringing it 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.
Steelman has been ordered to surrender herself in November, to begin her sentence.
Cox was given a four-year-plus prison sentence on the same charge in June.