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Wed., June 4, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Nine Mile Falls man implicated in sale of bleach as miracle drug

A Nine Mile Falls man implicated in the international sale of industrial bleach as a “miracle” cure for HIV, cancer and other diseases will aid federal prosecutors in the investigation of his alleged co-conspirators.

Chris Olson will likely avoid federal prison time after pleading guilty to bottling and labeling drugs that were shipped across state lines between 2010 and 2012, said his attorney, Bevan Maxey.

Court documents allege Olson packaged sodium chlorite and distilled water, a chemical compound used in the bleaching of paper and textiles, as a “Miracle Mineral Supplement.” The work was done on behalf of a Nevada corporation run by an Oregon couple who also maintained offices in Spokane. Prosecutors said the product was bottled at a facility in Hillyard, where Olson also operates a hose and belt equipment manufacturing plant, as recently as July 2012.

Olson’s plea agreement indicates he’ll assist federal authorities in the prosecution of his co-defendants, which include alleged mastermind Louis D. Smith, Karis Delong and Olson’s ex-wife, Tammy. All three are scheduled for trial in a Spokane federal courtroom in December. Kip Hill, SR

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.