Florida man charged with giving inmates pot-soaked documents

Posted at 7:36 AM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-04 11:09:34-04

MIAMI (AP) — 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.