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First i would like to thank each and every reader that has made our blog one of the largest if not the largest for herbal incense and bath salt reviews and news. I have had so many emails these past 2 months asking me if you can buy herbal incense products from me. I just dont have time to email every request back that i get and i never want a reader to think that we are not interacting with you.

Here is the facts, we do not in any way shape or form sell herbal incense products. We are simply a resource for information in the herbal incense spice world. We enjoy giving readers information about the herbal incense spice busts and the incense industy reviews on herbal products. I know that the DEA and law enforcement has cracked down hard on several business across the USA over the past 2 months and now herbal incense is much harder to find.

I know this because everyday i get all the news and busts from our large database of resources and news streams. But i want to make it very clear we are only a resource for learning everything there is to know about herbal incense and news. We do not sell, stock, or tell clients where to buy herbal products or bath salts. If a client sends us a sample of there herbal incense products and its a legal product, we will review that product and write a post to edcuate the public on what we feel about that product. Keep in mind everyone has a different opion about herbal products and everything in life.

Here is an example, i have a freind of mine that bought a brand new porsche and its an amazing car. But that car is bright yellow and to me its screams UGLY. Now everyone else might just love yellow porsches, but i cant stand yellow cars. Now if i was to write a review about that bright yellow car i would say what a nice ride but bad choice in the cars color. Lets say i posted a pic it here

Now how many of you think this yellow porsche 997 turbo is amazing? Well when i look at it i just see a yellow BEE.

So my point is that everyone does not agree on everything. Many times when i post about a herbal incense i have tried i do my best to insure that i let people know just how strong there herbal spice is. Well to me – a daily smoker, its not as strong as someone that might only smoke once a month. Thats why i do my best to be honest so that my readers know what there getting before they get it. But thats only my opion. If i here of any great websites selling wholesale herbal incense i will make a post and update you and try to do a mass email on all the requests that i get for it.

But honstly i dont like to tell people where to buy any products, just give you a review of what i tried what my personal opion is of that product and where i got it from.
Hope this helps and as always thanks for all the support from our readers. It really is awesome. We have over 300,000 visits per week and thats truly amazing!

ICE participates in nationwide synthetic drug takedown

ICE participates in nationwide synthetic drug takedown


WASHINGTON – More than 90 individuals were arrested and approximately five million packets of finished designer synthetic drugs were seized in the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production and sale of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense, or plant food. More than $36 million in cash was also seized.

As of today, more than 4.8 million packets of synthetic cannabinoids (K2, Spice) and the products to produce nearly 13.6 million more, as well as 167,000 packets of synthetic cathinones (bath salts), and the products to produce an additional 392,000 were seized.

Operation Log Jam was conducted jointly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with assistance from the IRS Criminal Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, as well as state and local law enforcement members in more than 109 U.S. cities and targeted every level of the synthetic designer drug industry, including retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers.

“Today, we struck a huge blow to the synthetic drug industry. The criminal organizations behind the importation, distribution and selling of these synthetic drugs have scant regard for human life in their reckless pursuit of illicit profits,” said Acting Director of ICE’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations James Chaparro. “ICE is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to bring this industry to its knees.”

“Although tremendous progress has been made in legislating and scheduling these dangerous substances, this enforcement action has disrupted the entire illegal industry, from manufacturers to retailers,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Together with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners, we are committed to targeting these new and emerging drugs with every scientific, legislative and investigative tool at our disposal.”

“The synthetic drug industry is an emerging area where we can leverage our financial investigative expertise to trace the path of illicit drug proceeds by identifying the financial linkages among the various co-conspirators,” said Richard Weber, chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. “We will continue working with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and ultimately dismantle the highest level drug trafficking and drug money laundering organizations that pose the greatest threat to Americans and American interests.”

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service aggressively investigates the use of the U.S. Mail system for the distribution of illegal controlled substances and its proceeds. Our agency uses a multi-tiered approach to these crimes: protection against the use of the mail for illegal purposes and enforcement of laws against drug trafficking and money laundering. This includes collaboration with other agencies,” said Chief Postal Inspector Guy J. Cottrell.

“The mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is to guard our country’s borders from people and goods that could harm our way of life,” said Acting Commissioner David V. Aguilar. “We are proud to be part of an operation that disrupts the flow of synthetic drugs into the country and out of the hands of the American people.”

Over the past several years, there has been a growing use of, and interest in, synthetic cathinones (stimulants/hallucinogens) sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant food.” Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” or “Bliss,” these products are comprised of a class of dangerous substances perceived to mimic cocaine, LSD, MDMA and/or methamphetamine. Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia and violent episodes. The long-term physical and psychological effects of use are unknown but potentially severe.

These products have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults and those who mistakenly believe they can bypass the drug testing protocols that have been set up by employers and government agencies to protect public safety. They are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. However, they have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for human consumption or for medical use, and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process.

Smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high have also become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults, because they are easily available and, in many cases, they are more potent and dangerous than marijuana. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with dangerous psychoactive compounds that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Just as with the synthetic cathinones, synthetic cannabinoids are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose.

While many of the designer drugs being marketed today that were seized as part of Operation Log Jam are not specifically prohibited in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 (AEA) allows these drugs to be treated as controlled substances if they are proven to be chemically and/or pharmacologically similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. A number of cases that are part of Operation Log Jam will be prosecuted federally under this analogue provision, which specifically exists to combat these new and emerging designer drugs.

DEA has used its emergency scheduling authority to combat both synthetic cathinones (the so-called bath salts like Ivory Wave, etc.) and synthetic cannabinoids (the so-called incense products like K2, Spice, etc.), temporarily placing several of these dangerous chemicals into Schedule I of the CSA. Congress has also acted, permanently placing 26 substances into Schedule I of the CSA.

In 2010, poison centers nationwide responded to about 3,200 calls related to synthetic “Spice” and “bath salts.” In 2011, that number jumped to more than 13,000 calls. Sixty percent of the cases involved patients 25 and younger


Designer Drugs Huge Problems

Tightening bonds with community agencies and groups, plus working with the county to keep the sheriff’s office in business, are top priorities for sheriff candidate Scott Stephenson.

Stephenson, who serves as a Midland County Sheriff’s Office road patrol sergeant after leaving his position as jail manager due to a federal law regulating federal money and campaigns, said working together is the way to solve many problems the county is facing, from drugs to budget woes.

He said the designer drugs called bath salts and synthetic marijuana, along with daytime break-ins, are the county’s biggest crime issues. He said the use of bath salts was so pervasive last year that the jail averaged one or two people a week detoxing from the substance. Use of the drug makes people paranoid, aggressive and violent, and he is hopeful the state Legislature’s recent ban of bath salts will help with the problem.

That still leaves opiates, like heroin. “We have more people in jail for drugs than alcohol,” Stephenson said, adding drugs factor into crime, with people stealing items to sell for money to buy drugs.

With resources at the sheriff’s office and the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team stretched thin, he believes the best way to confront the issue is education.

“It’s a combination of education and a strong presence of law enforcement,” he said, adding he’d like to expand the D.A.R.E. program into junior high and high school, and build tighter relationships with groups like the Midland Area Partnership for Drug Free Youth and The Legacy Center for Community Success.

He also advocates for working with other county and township officials.

“I’ve always been a big believer in working with the county team,” he said, adding the sheriff, county administrator/controller and county commissioners are responsible for making sure taxpayer money goes where it needs to be.

He said there are other revenue sources, citing money brought in by contracts to house inmates at the Midland County Jail, to help offset cuts to the sheriff’s office. He said the jail made $1.4 million last year, and next year’s goal is $2 million.

A share of those dollars spent to restore road patrol staffing levels — which 18 years ago were at six deputies per shift and now are at three deputies per shift — would result in improved law enforcement.

“We just don’t have the time to be proactive like we used to,” he said, adding there’s only time to answer calls. Some incidents, such as fatal accidents, require two deputies. That leaves a single officer to respond to calls, including domestics, which also should have two deputies respond, he said. That leaves the remaining deputy to rely on backup from the Michigan State Police, or Midland Police. “You can’t rely on other offices to do that for you.”

Another problem at the sheriff’s office is the dwindling detective bureau. Two years ago, the bureau dropped to a single detective. In 1983 and before, there were three detectives and a detective lieutenant, Stephenson said.

“There are crimes deputies are investigating, but we’re not specifically trained to do the things they are,” he said of detectives.

Jail staffing also is not at recommended levels. The National Institute of Corrections, the jail architect and Department of Corrections made recommendations of 38, 36 and 32 full-time corrections deputies, respectively. At last count, there were 23 full-time deputies, Stephenson said, with part-time corrections officers used to offset overtime.

In addition to safety issues, Stephenson said the jail is the most likely operation for county government to be sued over. Lower staffing levels increase the odds of injuries or inmate fights.

“That’s a potential problem,” he said. “We want to see more people on the road patrol and in the jail.”

Stephenson said having a millage would just end up putting the road patrol on the chopping block every few years. “I’m not really against it but I’m not 100 percent for it,” he said.

He said Sheriff Jerry Nielsen has talked with several townships about contracting a patrol car and writing tickets under ordinances, but that is up to the people who live in the townships. “I don’t know that the townships are in a very good position to do that,” Stephenson said, adding one option might be for townships along M-20 to partner on writing tickets under ordinances to pay for a deputy to provide extra patrol on the highway.

The job of sheriff takes experience working with people, and Stephenson said he meets that qualification.

His experience includes working with human resources, the board of commissioners, administrator/controller, the courts, public, outside agencies and county employees outside the sheriff’s office. He also has had what he calls “extensive training” in proactive leadership, civil liability, command and staff, leadership and executive management, attended two different jail administrator schools, and national recognition as a certified jail manager.

“Through my years of working and training, I’ve developed a skill set that I believe makes me unique,” he said. He also has worked with federal officials and officials from other counties to set up contracts to house inmates. “You have to have the people skills.”

Stephenson said he would expand the sheriff’s office website to include weekly statistics so taxpayers can see where their money goes and submit tips, plus use new technology, including facial recognition software and auto license plate readers.

Concerning Sanford Lake Park, he said the current plan of placing two deputies and four to six reserve deputies at the park on Saturdays and Sundays has been effective.

“The presence alone has started to curtail some of the disorderly behavior out there.”