Former owner of Tebbs head shops sentenced

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The former owner of Tebbs head shops will spend more than seven years in prison for distributing synthetic drugs from his stores, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

John Tebbetts, 34, of Rome was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse. He received 87 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Tebbetts admitted that he possessed synthetic drugs with the intent to distribute them in his 12-store chain.

As part of his plea, Tebetts admitted that he possessed synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as Spice or K2, as well as possessing synthetic cathinones, commonly known as bath salts. He also admitted to buying a 2012 motor home for more than $157,000, which was the proceeds from his illegal sale of controlled substances. He agreed to forfeit six vehicles, including the motor home.

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