Owners of local gas stations/convenient stores were accused of trafficking in spice (synthetic marijuana). Raids of the businesses resulted in large amounts of the questioned substances and hundreds of thousands of dollars being confiscated. Felony convictions would have resulted in mandatory penitentiary sentences for the owners, forfeiture of hundreds of thousands of dollars and the loss of their businesses.
Marein and Bradley employed the services of prominent national scientists to forensically challenge the science of classifying the spice as a drug analog. After a week-long evidentiary hearing, the trial judge ruled in favor of the defense resulting in the dismissal of all charges and the return of all monies. This case caused the Ohio legislature to enact emergency legislation due to the tactics employed by Marein and Bradley.