The men are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with an intent to distribute a controlled substance. The federal government has alleged that they manufactured and sold a now-widely banned substance called Spice to stores across the nation through a wholesale business they operated from 2010-13.
Federal Judge Charles Kahn had ruled earlier on Thursday that the business partners weren’t a flight risk and could be let out of the Santa Rosa County Jail. Then U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson of the Eastern District of Virginia stayed that order until a detention hearing can be held in his district.
The federal indictments are from a Virginia Federal Grand Jury.