Feds' Drug Sting Hits Half of US States
Agents today served search and arrest warrants in at least 25 states
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 7, 2014 9:54 AM CDT
Cash, heroin, crystal methamphetamine sit on a table following a DEA raid in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York)

(Newser) – Federal agents are serving hundreds of warrants in dozens of cities as part of a continued crackdown on synthetic drug manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Agents served search and arrest warrants on homes, warehouses, and smoke shops in at least 25 states this morning, a DEA spokesman said. The largest single operation is a state-wide effort in Alabama. Agents also are serving warrants in Florida and New Mexico, among other states.

The crackdown involves 33 DEA cases, and seven Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations. The DEA has been cracking down on synthetic drugs, including so-called bath salts, spice, and Molly, since the drugs first gained widespread popularity years ago. In late 2010, the agency responsible for enforcing federal drug laws moved to ban five chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana blends, including K2, Spice, and Blaze. An interesting aside involves the money trail: Investigators have tracked hundreds of millions of dollars in drug proceeds being sent to Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, says a rep for the DEA Special Operations Division. "The money is going there, where it stops we don't know," he says.

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WarmWeatherGuy
May 8, 2014 12:48 AM CDT
This is not news. Any "news" that they are winning the drug war is a joke.
viva_yo
May 7, 2014 4:23 PM CDT
It's about time this happened but the meth making druggies in my building are still at it. They are part of a larger network of meth labs which at least where I live, are supplied by the same gang or cartel. The same reduction chemicals are used on the same days in the meth lab in my building and another 5 blocks away in a grocery store. The druggie comes in with unmarked, clear, bottles of liquids in a clear backpack at times, clear bags holding what appears to be large sheets of red phosphorus strip - the kind found on match book covers (so sure that law enforcement would let them travel freely with their reagents as well as the bubble packs they wrap around their bodies, as well as the finished product. With all the "stopping & frisking" of the innocent going on here, these old, career criminals are NEVER frisked)
robert891
May 7, 2014 3:51 PM CDT
Legalize the drugs and decide where the money goes. I.E. infrastructure, schools, poor people etc... The other way just erodes already fragile human rights in this country.