New hearing set in federal case over 'Miracle Mineral Supplement'

An Ashland couple will have to wait until Monday to find out whether they will be freed while fighting federal charges accusing them of peddling over the Internet a diluted version of industrial bleach as an elixir for everything from ear aches to cancer.

Defendants Louis Daniel Smith and Karis Delong will have a 1:30 p.m. bail hearing Monday in U.S. District Court in Spokane, where the couple lived in June 2011 when federal agents raided their residence where they illegally sold "Miracle Mineral Supplement" under the Project GreenLife label, prosecutors allege in federal court filings

They were both represented by lawyers in a hearing this afternoon in Spokane before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno, then returned to the Spokane County Jail.

Federal prosecutors want Smith, 42, jailed as a flight risk as his case plays out in part because he had moved to Ecuador after the Food and Drug Administration raid in Spokene and wrote in an email that he had friends ready "to take us into the jungle" should they be indicted, court filings state.

Smith, who is acting as his own attorney, filed court papers Wednesday arguing that detaining him pre-trial flies against his presumed innocence by the court. He also argued that using his pre-indictment travels against him was unjust and moot because he was not under any orders to remain in the United States.

Prosecutors recommended that Delong, 38, be released under a series of conditions that include a $25,000 appearance bond, the surrender of her passport and a requirement to live in eastern Washington while the case plays out.

The couple have a young daughter.

Imbrogno has already released two co-defendants indicted in this case that swirls around the sale of a industrial chemical not licensed for ingestion but bought by people who swear by its abilities to cure ailments that conventional drugs cannot.

Smith, Delong and codefendant Tammy Olson, 50, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., were each charged with conspiracy, four counts of interstate sales of misbranded drugs and one count of smuggling stemming from an investigation by FDA special agents and U.S. Postal Service investigators.

Also charged was Olson's husband, 49-year-old Chris Olson, with one count of conspiracy, one count of the interstate sale of a misbranded drug and one count of smuggling.

— Mark Freeman

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