Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges that they illegally sold a bleach as a miracle cure for the newand other diseases. Colombian prosecutors said Tuesday that Mark and Joseph Grenon were arrested in the beach town of Santa Marta and delivered their “Miracle Mineral Solution” – chlorine dioxide – from there to clients in the United States, Colombia and Africa.
It said seven Americans had died from using the substance.
Mark Grenon is the Archbishop of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, based in Bradenton, Florida. The church is centered on the use of the toxic chemical as an accepted sacrament that it claims can cure a wide variety of diseases, ranging from cancer to autism to malaria and now COVID-1
Last month, several agencies were called to the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in connection with a search warrant and a federal order, CBS Miami reported. Hazmat teams found 50 liters of muria acid, 22 liters of the finished ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’, and 8,300 pounds of sodium chlorite, the station reported.
A Miami judge in April ordered the self-designed church to stop selling the substance, but it was ignored.
The organization has also operated in Mexico, Australia and other countries. Despite opposition from doctors and health experts, the Bolivian Congress recently legalized the use of the substance.
A federal criminal complaint filed in July charged Mark Grenon, 62, and his sons Jonathan, 34; Jordan, 26; and Joseph, 32, with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and penal movement.
Records in the federal court in Miami last month did not list lawyers for any of the Grenons. They stand at most between 14 and more than 17 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the solution sold by Grenonerna becomes a bleach when ingested that is commonly used for such things as textile treatment, industrial water, pulp and paper.
Authorities said drinking that bleach can be fatal.
The FDA said in a news release in August last year that “consuming these products is the same as drinking bleach. Consumers should not use these products, and parents should not give these products to their children for any reason.” The FDA has not approved the solution for health-related uses.
The federal complaint states that the Grenons initially agreed to follow U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams’ order to stop selling the solution, then changed their tone in the podcast and email to the judge himself.
“We will NOT participate in any of your UNCONSTITUTIONAL orders, notices, etc,” read an email from Mark Grenon. “Again and again I have written all this … you have NO authority over our church.”