Taylor Weyeneth decided to take a break from his undergrad law studies at St. John’s University in 2016 so he could volunteer with Donald Trump’s campaign. He spent his days organizing a single golf tournament for the future President of the United States and to earn money, Weyeneth worked in his father’s chia see factory until his dad went to jail for processing illegal Chinese steroids in the plant.
Fast forward to January 15, 2017 and Weyeneth, a 24-year-old with no experience, has been named as the deputy chief of staff for Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is now in charge of billions of dollars in spending aimed at curbing the deadly opioid epidemic that has swept through the United States.
The ONDCP has no permanent director after it was discovered that Trump’s top chief, Rep Tom Marino, was forced to resign after it was discovered by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes that he had sponsored legislation to increase the power of opioid manufacturers. That means, Weyeneth, with no real world experience, is the acting Drug Czar.
It was pointing out by BoingBoing that even the young man’s own resume points to contradicing versions of his own working life. The publication notes that Weyeneth for all practical purposes is a “frat boy” administrator of the organization.
How have Trump officials justified the hire? They note that Weyeneth lost a relative to an overdose and was so “moved” by the incident that he wanted to take action.
In terms of the chemistry behind the drugs that are killion thousands of Americans, Weyenth was the “Director of Production” for Nature’s Chemistry, a family firm in Skaneateles, New York. The company was focused on specialized processing of chia seeds and other healthproducts. His resume claims he worked for the company from 2008 to 2013 but also that he left in September 2011.
It was in the fall of 2011 that Nature’s Chemistry started illegally processing sterids from China. The conspiracy spread from Virginia to California and then all the way to China.
After the illegal production was discovered, Weyeneth’s stepfather, Matthew Greacen, pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy charge and received two years probation and a fine.
Kim Weyeneth, the young man’s mother, said in an interview that her son helped federal investigators with the investigation and that he had no knowledge of what had occurred.
Just so we’re clear, a 24-year-old guy with no experience, who worked for a family business found to be producing illegal and dangerous drugs, is now acting Drug Czar.
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