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Mon, September 11, 2023 at 4:42 PM EDT·4 min read
The federal government says it seized nearly $1.8 million in cash at the home of Biloxi councilman Robert L. Deming III and is planning to go to court to keep the funds.
In court filings, the federal government outlines the cash and other items up for forfeiture as a result of a January search of Demings home in Biloxi and at his CBD and kratom stores, dubbed The Candy Shop LLC. Deming owns six stores across Mississippi and North Carolina.
The government argues the cash and others are subject to forfeiture because they are derived from an alleged drug trafficking network involved in money laundering and racketeering through the businesses.
At the Candy Shop stores in North Carolina, agents seized bulk cash and other items, as listed below:
6,000 units of synthetic cannabis falsely labeled as CBD
500 doses of substances suspected to contain synthetic cannabis
1,000 units of homemade edibles suspected of having cannabis
About $2 million in cash
Simultaneous raids of CBD stores in MS & NC
DEA agents raided Demings six Candy Shop and kratom stores across Mississippi and in North Carolina on Jan. 26. The year-and-a-half-long investigation was sparked by complaints illness of some customers taking products sold there.