Feds: Spokane-area couple sold bleach as cure-all

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by Associated Press & Honora Swanson

KREM.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:07 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.  — Two people from the Spokane area and two people from Oregon are charged with selling an ingredient for bleach online as a cure-all for arthritis, cancer and the flu.

49-year-old Chris Olson and 50-year-old Tammy Olson, of Nine Mile Falls, Wash. faced a federal judge Wednesday.

Prosecutors said  they were involved in a business called Project GreenLife, which imported sodium chlorite from Canada, and that they sold the chemical online as a "miracle mineral supplement." Buyers were instructed to mix it with orange juice or other source of citric acid before drinking it.

Mixing sodium chlorite with citric acid makes chlorine dioxide — a powerful bleach. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was injured by consuming it.

Charges include conspiracy, smuggling and interstate sales of misbranded drugs.

42-year-old Louis Daniel Smith and 38-year-old Karis Delong, both of Ashland, Ore., are also charged with the crime.

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