“You have been a blessing for me! My life is much better now!” These were words that Joshua Lee Lindsey, 30, of South Carolina emailed to his Chinese plug a-PVP (alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone), better known as “flakka.” Lindsey is more than likely reconsidering those words (and his means of communicating with his drug supplier) after he was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. The bath salt boss was sunk for leading an international distribution and money laundering conspiracy. Between January 2012 and December 2014, Lindsey and his partner Randall Scott Braddock supplied anywhere from 35,000 and 75,000 grams (35 to 75 kilograms) of Chinese flakka to fiends in northeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, western North Carolina and western South Carolina.
If you aren’t in-the-know, flakka is one of the craziest drugs to hit the market. Having seen different stories of folks wilding out on flakka in Florida, it would seem that no one would want to do it. Lindsey, however had a feeding frenzy on his hands. In emails that the feds intercepted, he ask the plug for “big rocks” of the “most potent,” “top quality” flakka he had, due to complaints that his shit was weak. He also asked the plug to ship the flakka as acrylic paint from “AcryliCO,” a company he made up. In another email, he asked that the plug send shipments to his address in South Carolina, instead of North Carolina or Tennessee, because Braddock had been knocked in NC. In yet another email, he boasted, “I already gave u good business in n.c.. and Landrum, sc, All that was brought to you by me! Scott Braddock and Rick Lowe! The whole nc tn boom last year! You’re welcome!”
According to DEA reports:
Lindsey later recruited and hired other individuals from South Carolina to assist in the conspiracy by providing them money to send to the supplier in China via Western Union. After the 500 to 1,000 gram shipments of a-PVP were received in South Carolina, Lindsey instructed the others to repackage it into 50 gram bags and deliver them to Braddock in Hendersonville, N.C., for distribution to a very large number of other dealers and customers, primarily in northeast Tennessee.
Thirteen others were also locked away for the flakka conspiracy, and are serving sentences ranging from six years and change to close to 20 years.