July 26, 2012
More than 90 people in 31 states were arrested in a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs Wednesday.
The U.S Drug Enforcement Agency, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Internal Revenue Service, the Postal Inspection Service and other agencies seized $36 million during the crackdown and about $6 million more in assets. This is the first major crackdown on new “designer drugs,” such as synthetic marijuana and a substance known as bath salts.
“Although tremendous progress has been made in legislating and scheduling these dangerous substances, this enforcement action has disrupted the entire illegal industry, from manufacturers to retailers,” said DEA spokeswoman Michele M. Leonhart in a statement.