drug agents make wide crackdown on synthetic drugs
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[May 08, 2014]
— U.S. 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
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)
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