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

INFO FROM http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1207/120726washingtondc.htm

First TIme I Smoked Herbal Incense Spice


It all started with the sound of thunder.  Then the rain started to slam down from the sky and the storm began.  My friends Mike and Sara were over and we were stuck in the house since the rain was coming down and it was about 11 pm on a weeknight so there was not much to do.

My friend Sara asked me if I wanted to try some Herbal Incense or Spice.  I asked her what the heck she was talking about.  I mean wait you want me to smoke incense?  Don’t you burn that shit to make the house smell good?  As I say this, her and Mike just start laughing there ass off at me. Guess now I am the fool.

Me and my 2 friends smoking legal incense spice

Well I had smoked pot for years and always loved it but had quite smoking it several months back so I thought ok what the heck.  We all went in to my room and Sara pulled out this shiny package of herbal spice that had not yet been cracked open.

On the bag it said KUSH, First thing I thought was shit, they have bags of Kush now? What the heck is going on?   So she cut the top on the bag and poured the herbal spice on to our home made rolling tray.  Well book, but  we used it as a tray – shit it’s all we had.

Mike grabbed the rolling papers out of his back pocket and threw them across the room to Sara to roll up a fatty.  Now this is not your average fatty, it’s a fat joint of herbal incense spice. Kush herbal incense spice to be correct.

So she rolled up that kush and then passed it to me to due the honors of lighting up this bad boy.  First I am thinking ok this is going to be bull shit since its some sort of legal high.  I mean really she said she bought this at a gas station; the only high I ever got from a gas station was off a 4 pack of red bull.

I looked over at her and said “Hey does this Herbal Incense stuff show up in a drug test?”  Sara said NO, and again her and Mike start laughing their ass off at me.  I mean really I guess I am the joke of the night, and we have not even started smoking yet.

So I say ok guys enough, Let’s light up this fat joint of herbal incense spice and see what it’s all about.  At this time I have to tell you I was really thinking, “This is crazy”.

I light up the joint and took a long hard pull off it just as I would have treated a joint of hydro weed.  Then I held it in for several seconds and got that herbal taste in my lungs and exhaled the smoke. Nothing yet, I pass to Mike then wait to get the joint back in my hands for a second hit.  So I wind up smoking this entire joint with these two and by the time we are finished with it I am starting to feel something.

 

Ok, about five minutes has passed since my first hit.  You know how it takes longer to smoke when your in the circle with two others that want to hit it, then talk and tell you a damn five minute storey between each hit.  Most of the time its that storey that you have already heard from your friend 10 times and you can always finish for them.  Yea well this was one of them nights.  I am thinking to my self just hit the fucking joint and pass it to me.  Puff – Puff – Pass.  That’s the code that works, lets make that happen.

I know your thinking wait, first you did not even want to try it – had no clue what it even was. But now you want to hit it again and in a hurry.  Yes I know that is just from all my years of weed smoking and not fucking up the rotation of the joint passing.

So back to the review I would say about five minutes I started to feel really relaxed.  Mike and Sara were cracking jokes telling stories and we had a blast.  We were all super stoned or herbal high or legal high.  I am not sure the proper lingo of explaining I am stoned off some incense spice from the 7 eleven gas station.  Just sounds crazy as hell to even me.  But it is what it is.

I can tell you this herbal incense does work and it’s a great way to have a good time and relax and laugh with your friends.  I don’t know much about all the different types out there but we were smoking jonny Clearwater herbal incense spice.

After that first time smoking it I have bought some online myself a few times. Well honestly I make sure I pretty much never run out.  It’s pretty cheap stuff and I have to say you don’t feel like shit the next day and if you don’t smoke its not like weed where you feel as strung out and have that feeling like you “Have to Smoke”.

Anyway next time Mike and Sara come over I have a huge surprise for them. I bought some extra herbal incense online and its flavored.  Yea buddy its jonny Clearwater mango and I think there going to love it.

Oh, funny thing so the next day I went to that seven eleven and wanted to buy my own little baggie of herbal spice and the clerk told me that they stopped selling it. I was thinking are you fucking kidding me.  That’s why I had to go online and order it.  There is a ton of websites out there but I use http://someincense.com I found there the best priced and also have the largest selection on herbal incense.  I have never had a problem with an order and now I bet I have ordered from them 8 times.

Hope you enjoyed my review and hope you like Mike and Sara got a good laugh at me.  Thanks for reading and if you have any herbal spices I must try please leave a comment of your favorite I am always looking for new blends to review and smoke.

Jonny Clearwater’s Spin Spin Sugar Herbal Incense Review


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