DEA busts several shops for synthetic marijuana

Created: 05/07/2014 6:36 PM
By: Kim Tobin, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs took place on Wednesday, leading to hundreds of pounds the drug 'spice' to be seized.

"Unfortunately, these spice distributors, these spice manufacturers, they're preying on the weakness of people's addictions and making a profit out of it," said DEA agent Eduardo Chavez.

A raid at Sean's Smoke Shop on Central near Louisiana was part of a huge synthetic drug takedown all over the U.S. In Albuquerque, 12 search warrants were executed and 10 people were detained.

The cash is proving to add up for alleged dealers. Among the vehicles seized from suspects were a Lamborghini and a Dodge Viper. Agents also loaded up boxes of evidence, including wads of cash, receipts and packets of suspected spice.

The DEA says spice is one of the most dangerous drugs threatening a young market in New Mexico.

"With manufacturers trying to stay one step ahead of law enforcement with altering the chemicals, you really do not know what you're getting," said Chavez.

The DEA says it's so bad, heroin users they've spoken to won't even touch a drug like spice. But the Feds say they're seeing more dealers and shops, secretly selling the drug.

"It's a puzzle that never ends, and this is just one more piece that we've added to it," said Chavez.

More than 29 states conducted raids on Wednesday. Across the U.S. 150 people have been arrested and hundreds of thousands of packets of spice were seized.

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