BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A massive nationwide federal raid cracks down on the makers and distributors of so-called synthetic drugs. Those busts spanned some 29 states, including Maryland.
Derek Valcourt explains it’s an extensive investigation first launched in January.
Local law enforcement in Maryland has been fighting this disturbing trend for years. Now the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency brings their heavy fist to the fight.
Commonly called “Spice,” it looks and acts like marijuana. But when smoked, the chemically altered plant leaves can have much more dangerous side effects including hallucinations, suicide, violence, heart attacks and brain damage.
The same is true for so-called bath salts–another synthetic drug meant to simulate cocaine or meth.
As deaths and emergency room visits nationwide spiked from these synthetic drugs, Maryland lawmakers banned their sale and use.
Local law enforcement agencies began cracking down on convenience stores and smoke shops that sold them, arresting the…
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