Michigan Man Illegally Imported and Distributed Kratom – Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

May 8, 2019 — Matthew Dailey, 36, of Royal Oak, Michigan, was sentenced today to 2 years in prison for unlawfully importing kratom and selling it through unapproved claims that it could treat serious diseases and medical conditions, including chronic pain and Lyme disease.

In a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Dailey was able to trick the FDA by mislabeling his massive shipments of kratom as things like “incense” and “paint pigment.” In total, Dailey was able to import several tons of kratom into the United States.

Dailey pleaded guilty on Jan. 8 in the Eastern District of Michigan for the following charges:

  • Introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce
  • Importing merchandise contrary to law

As part of his plea, Dailey agreed to forfeit $1,000,000 in illegal proceeds. 

He was sentenced to 2 years in prison, followed by 3 years supervised release.


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