After a seven-day trial in Washington’s Eastern District, a federal jury came back with a verdict of “guilty,” for Spokane man, 45-year-old Louis Daniel Smith for selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure.
Smith was found guilty for “conspiracy, smuggling, selling misbranded drugs and defrauding the United States,” the Department of Justice reported.
For several years, between the years 2007 until 2011, Smith sold a product called “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or MMS on his website “project Greenlife” on the Internet. His product was a mix of 28% sodium chlorite and distilled water. Sodium chlorite is used as a pesticide and also for waste-water treatment. Sodium chlorite cannot be sold for human consumption.
Smith instructed his ccustomers to mix the solution with citric acid. Doing so creates chlorine dioxide. Chlorine Dioxide is used as a textile bleach as well as other industrial applications.
The mixture was sold as a miracle cure for illness such as cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, lyme disease, asthma, herpes, TB, and even the common cold.
Prosecutors stated in court, “Instructions for use that Smith provided with his product, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting were all signs that the miracle cure was working. The instructions also stated that despite a risk of possible brain damage, the product might still be appropriate for pregnant women or infants who were seriously ill.”
Smith used phony water purification and waste-water treatment businesses to obtain the substance as well as to sell it in order to avoid detection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection prosecutors pointed out.
“Before trial, three of Smith’s alleged co-conspirators, Chris Olson, Tammy Olson and Karis DeLong, Smith’s wife, pleaded guilty to introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. Chris Olson, along with alleged co-conspirators Matthew Darjanny and Joseph Lachnit, testified at trial that Smith was the leader of PGL,” the Department of Justice stated.
Smith is to be sentenced on , he faces as much as 34 years in prison.
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