Newsbrief: Chills Owner Gets 14 Months on Federal Paraphernalia Rap 9/6/02

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Chris Hill, the young Florida Republican pipe and rolling paper manufacturer who brought Chill's Inc. from a garage operation to national recognition by the business press, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison on August 16. He will serve his sentence at the minimum security prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Hill was indicted by the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Iowa (Des Moines) after pipes of his manufacture were seized in head shop raids in Des Moines and Iowa City last year (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/221.html#chillsinc). Hill was charged with manufacturing drug paraphernalia.

Hill was surprised by the severity of the sentence, considering that he had no prior arrest record. "I walked into court hoping I was going to get house arrest", he said. In addition, he must come up with a $500,000 fine. Hill has continued to sell rolling papers and tobacco through the Chills company since his arrest, but expects to file bankruptcy as a result of his conviction and imprisonment.

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