Georgia man pleads guilty to conspiring to sell fake pot

A Georgia man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to conspiring to sell mislabeled synthetic marijuana, which used to be called “legal herb,” in a Lafayette store called Curious Goods LLC.

Daniel Paul Francis, 43, of Dawsonville, Ga., pleaded guilty Tuesday to the single count of conspiracy.

Francis, scheduled to be sentenced May 16, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release.

Finley said the man-made pot was sold under the name “Mr. Miyagi” in 2011 and 2012 for buyers who usually smoked it.

“The users of Mr. Miyagi ingested it, typically by smoking it, in order to achieve a ‘high,’ ” Finley said.

Francis and seven others —Drew T. Green, Thomas William Malone Jr., Boyd Anthony Barrow, Joshua Espinoza, Richard Joseph Buswell, Daniel James Stanford and Barry L. Domingue — were indicted in the case in September 2012.

All but Domingue and Stanford have pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Both men are scheduled for trial in U.S. District Court on March 31, according to the release.