Florida man charged with giving inmates pot-soaked documents

File photo of A Metro-Dade police officer displaying a marijuana leaf.  (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
File photo of A Metro-Dade police officer displaying a marijuana leaf. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
Published June 3 2018
Updated June 3 2018

MIAMI A Florida man is charged with selling prison inmates around the country fake legal documents that had been soaked in a synthetic form of marijuana so the inmates could get high after eating them.

The Miami Herald reports that prosecutors say 46-year-old Danny Angel Rodriguez used the names of actual criminal defense attorneys on the paperwork and mailings to make the pot-soaked shipments look legitimate. Some papers were fake obituaries or funeral announcements.

During a 2017 investigation, FBI agents said they seized 33 packages sent to inmates by Rodriguez, most of which tested positive for the drug.

Rodriguez is already serving a three-year prison for violating probation from a 1994 case in which he was convicted of pistol-whipping a federal judge. His attorneys say he will fight the latest charges.

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