News

DEA agents make big crackdown on synthetic drugs

DEA agents make big crackdown on synthetic drugs

BATH SALTS:Bath salts are seen in an undated handout photo from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Drug Enforcement Administration agents served hundreds of search and arrest warrants in at least 25 states on Wednesday as part of a crackdown on synthetic drug producers and distributors, the Associated Press reported.

A DEA official confirmed to Reuters that the agency is involved in an operation targeting synthetic drugs.

Synthetic drugs include blends of marijuana and drugs known as bath salts and Molly, and they are known to have dangerously unpredictable effects on consumers who are usually unaware of the levels of mind-altering chemicals in each blend.

The DEA has increased its scrutiny over the drugs since they gained popularity around 2010.

Wednesday’s raids were conducted in Alabama, Florida, New Mexico and other states, the Associated Press reported.

(Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Bill Trott)

Latest Headlines

in Local

University of Maine Pressed to Serve More Local Food

WGAN IMAGE

A group of Maine food producers and organizations is pressing the University of Maine System to serve more locally grown food to students and staff.

in Local

Planned Parenthood: No Tissue Donations in NNE

WGAN IMAGE

Planned Parenthood clinics in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire say they don't donate fetal tissue for research, even though they say it's legal to do so.

in Local

Maine Landlord Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Deadly Fire

Noyes St Fire

The owner of a Portland apartment house where six tenants died in a Nov. 1 fire has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

in Local

2 Remain Hospitalized After Boats Collide on Maine Lake

WGAN IMAGE

Maine wardens say two children remain hospitalized following a collision between two boats on Thompson Lake that sent eight people to the hospital.

in Local

Transient Fires Pellet Gun Outside Portland Office Building

WGAN IMAGE

Police say a transient is in custody after firing several shots from a high-powered pellet gun at a security guard outside a downtown building in Maine's largest city.

Tweets

  • 20h
  • 21h
  • 22h
  • 38h
  • 39h
  • 40h
  • 40h