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DEA's Operation Log Jam targeted alleged synthetic drug distributors in 109 cities

Raids conducted in 109 cities around the United States yesterday were the result of local law enforcement asking for help in dealing with an exploding synthetic drug problem, the head of the Drug Enforcement Adminsitration said today during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

"There was an outpouring of requests to the DEA from chiefs and sheriffs throughout the country asking for our help," said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

The press conference was carried live on DEA's website.

While there is work to be done to cut off the supplies of synthetic drug chemicals from China and other parts of Asia, it was the pleas for help from people in the United States that prompted the DEA to lead the first-ever nationwide crack down on the synthetic drug trade, called "Operation Log Jam."

"In this first take down, we wanted to go after the locations that are most impacting our communities," Leonhart said.

Operation Log Jam was a combined effort by the DEA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the FBI, Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, as well as countless members of state and local law enforcement.

In total, 91 people were arrested, more than 4.8 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids (ex. K2, Spice) and the products to produce nearly 13.6 million more, were seized. Agents also confiscated 167,000 packets of synthetic cathinones, "bath salts," and the products to produce an additional 392,000 packets.

Of course, part of Operation Log Jam was the raids on The 420 Emporium location in Batavia, as well as the other four stores in the chain and the home in Greece of the stores' owner(s).

The operation was the largest of its kind in the history of the DEA, Leonhart said.

Doug Yeomans
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Joined: Feb 13 2009


Nationwide Synthetic Drug Takedown - 19 million packets of synthetic drugs seized and $36 million in cash

Irene Will
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Joined: Feb 2 2009

Well, I'm impressed. TRULY impressed.

Gary Spencer
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Joined: Feb 18 2009

Damn! The FEDS must have spent big bucks pulling this off!
I would imagine it will cost a ton of money to prosecute these cases!
20 year sentances, that a long time!
I think it will all be worth it in the end to stop the scorge of bath salts across this great nation of ours!
Now what's next?

Frank Bartholomew
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Joined: Apr 4 2010

Howard, that is the best post I have seen on this entire subject. That is why I agreed with arresting the users when they displayed the behaviors associated with substance abuse in public. At the very least, the courts could steer them in the right direction. The hard part is that most addicts won't stop using until they hit bottom.
Getting arrested, going through the system, worked for me. But again I don't know how close to rock bottom I was,Judge Balbick did, and ordered me to follow certain steps, which eventually lead me to the path of recovery.
At first, I fought it tooth and nail, but as I began to sober up, I was able to see what a mess my life had become.
It's too bad there are no short cuts in this process, at least none that I am aware of.

Gary Spencer
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Joined: Feb 18 2009

Amen Brother!
I too had to have the "Nudge form the Judge" to get sober!

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