Man accepts plea deal for spice trafficking

Garlan Plumlee
Garlan Plumlee entered a plea deal for charges of trafficking spice.

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – The former owner of a Carlsbad smoke shop has taken a plea deal that will keep him out of jail for spice trafficking. Garlan Plumlee, 62, entered the plea in federal court Thursday afternoon.

He admitted to possessing and intending to distribute spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, from the Looking Glass Smoke Shop on Canal Street.

Officers seized more than 4,000 packages of the synthetic drug from the store back in 2012.

Plumlee also admitted to laundering money from selling the spice.

Plumlee will be sentenced to two years of probation.

Two other men have also pleaded guilty in the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

  • While we were out | Plains-Valley Online News

    […] A man in his 60’s has plead guilty to selling and possessing over 4,000 bags of synthetic marijuana, or better known as spice, when he owned a smoke shop in Carlsbad in 2012.  The plea deal he took in federal court will allow him to avoid a prison cell.  KRQE News 13 reports. […]

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