Best Marijuana Funny T Shirts For Sale


So searching the web on amazon the other day i was looking for some 420 marijuana t shirts for sale.  It is crazy as heck what some people think of these days.  So after hours of research and looking though tons of website and hundreds of shirts, i wanted to share some of the Best Marijuana Funny T Shirts For Sale.  I am including a link to the shirts so if you like them as much as i did i can save you a shit load of time searching online.

The first one i found is this 4:19 Give me a minute!  Click Here to Buy The Shirt

Price on this shirt was only $13.95

The 2nd shirt i found was this knock off of best buy!  But they went with Best Bud!  Good Shirt man, or is it good shit man?  Either way i like it, since i am a huge best buy fan.  What i have found with best buy is that you either love them or fucking hate them.  Kind of like the apple iphone lover i guess.  Your a huge fan – Or against it big time!

Click the link to check this one out

Our Mens T-shirts are made of a fully machine washable cotton blend for a cool, versatile and comfortable fit every time.

Price on this shirt was only $13.95

Ok so i want to share the fucking worst shirt i found.  I mean this one is a real piece of work, i am not sure who the fuck would ever buy some ugly ass shirt like this.  I hear there is always a market for everything, i say the stoner that buys this shirt is getting some strong ass weed.  Right?  Who in the hell would really wear this shirt?

Think i am joking, check out the link to it here. 

Only 10 bucks, Are you kidding us?  Please tell us that means your paying us to wear this crap!

Ok so for my Grand Slam, you know i would never leave you with the ugly shirt and let you move on to the next thing online your browsing at.  Heck no, i got a real slammer for you.

YEA BUDDY!  Damn right, the   Check it out here.

Weedman Route 420 Adult Footie Pajamas with Hood

Yes with hoodie.  Hell yea, this is the shirt that you need next time you head over to your parents house when you have not seem them in forever.  So your out of town, head in to take your shower and come down stairs wearing this shit.  Now make sure you have a camera set up so it captures the look on there face! 🙂

I saw its a solid must have and its priceless at only $35.00  Come on has the footies too…… Holly crap, its loaded up with all the little goodies you could want and if you happen to take that dog for a walk in the middle of the night.  Do not worry anyone will hit you.  This fucker is way to bright, and  i promise the nabors will not mess with you if you take the dog for a walk in this GET UP!

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Attention All Readers – You Must Know


All yellow Porsche 997 Turbo

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!

Rudy Eugene’s Toxicology Report: Experts speculate on what caused ‘face-chewing’ attack


CBS/AP) MIAMI – Experts are still speculating about what may have caused Rudy Eugene’s face-chewing attack on Ronald Poppo in Miami last month. A toxicology report on Wednesday failed to find “bath salts” and other major street drugs in Eugene’s system.

Pictures: Fla. police identify “face-eating” naked man

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said in a news release that the toxicology detected marijuana but it didn’t find any other street drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs. Eugene also tested negative for adulterants commonly mixed with street drugs.

An expert on toxicology testing said marijuana alone wasn’t likely to cause behavior as strange as Eugene’s.

“The problem today is that there is an almost an infinite number of chemical substances out there that can trigger unusual behavior,” said Dr. Bruce Goldberger, Professor and Director of Toxicology at the University of Florida.

There has been much speculation about what drugs, if any, would lead to the bizarre May 26 attack at a Miami causeway that left Poppo, 65, missing about 75 percent of his face. The tests ruled out the suggestion that 35-year-old Eugene may have been under the influence of bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine and have been associated with bizarre crimes in recent months.

An outside forensic toxicology lab, which took a second look at the results, also confirmed the absence of bath salts, synthetic marijuana and LSD.

Goldberger said the medical examiner’s office in Miami is known for doing thorough work and he’s confident they and the independent lab covered as much ground as possible. But it’s nearly impossible for toxicology testing to keep pace with new formulations of synthetic drugs.

“There are many of these synthetic drugs that we currently don’t have the methodology to test on, and that is not the fault of the toxicology lab. The challenge today for the toxicology lab is to stay on top of these new chemicals and develop methodologies for them but it’s very difficult and very expensive.” Goldberger said. “There is no one test or combination of tests that can detect every possible substance out there.”

An addiction expert said she wouldn’t rule out marijuana causing the agitation.

“It could have been the strain of marijuana that increases the dopamine in the brain, such as sativa,” said Dr. Patricia Junquera, assistant professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

There are two strains of marijuana called sativa and indica. The sativa increases dopamine and gives you energy while decreasing pain threshold. Indica is a “sleepy high,” she explained.

“People don’t really know what the amount of either is in each little packet of marijuana,” she explained. “And we can’t differentiate between the two in the blood, much less in a dead person.”

She also suggested that if Eugene had a mental disorder, “the marijuana could have increased even further the dopamine levels and aggravated the situation. So that can’t be ruled out.”

Eugene’s friends and family have said he was religious, not violent and that he didn’t drink or do drugs harder than marijuana, so they are baffled as to what caused Eugene’s brutal assault against the homeless victim.

“There’s no answer for it, not really,” said Marckenson Charles, Eugene’s younger brother. “Anybody who knew him knows this wasn’t the person we knew him to be. Whatever triggered him, there is no answer for this.”

Charles said the family does not plan to pursue any legal action against the police for shooting Eugene on the day of the face-chewing attack. Surveillance video from a nearby building shows Eugene stripping Poppo and pummeling him. The police officer who shot Eugene to death reportedly said Eugene growled at the officer when he told him to stop.

“They used the force they felt was necessary even if we don’t agree with that,” Charles said.

He said Eugene has been buried.

Poppo has undergone several surgeries and remains hospitalized. His left eye was removed, but doctors said earlier this month they were trying to find a way to restore vision in his right eye. He will need more surgeries before he can explore the options for reconstructing his face, doctors have said.

Arkansas ER’s Seeing More People With Synthetic Marijuana Side Effects


BENTONVILLE, Ark. — While Arkansas bans another form of synthetic marijuana, called “XLR11,” ER doctors say it’s not slowing users down.

It’s a little package that packs a big punch.

“People are seeing things, they’re hearing things, they want to kill themselves, they want to kill other people. It’s just really messed up,” says Dr. Jim Holden, who works in the emergency room at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

Inside local ER’s, doctors find themselves treating the side effects of synthetic marijuana.

“We’ve seen a big increase over the past few years of young people and even older people with problems associated with K2 and Spice.”

But manufacturers keep changing the chemical compositions as fast as legislation is outlawing the substances.

“It’s easy to get and a lot of young people are using that. They don’t have to go out and find a dealer to buy marijuana from, they can just go to the convenience store and find someone to sell them this. Physically it’s a lot more dangerous than marijuana, I mean you can use it one time and you can die from it,” says Dr. Holden.

And it may be even more dangerous, just because it seems so innocent.

“People don’t really understand what it is the synthetic marijuana acts on the same receptors that marijuana does, but it acts in a totally different way.”

It’s different enough, to be deadly

“It can be life threatening. We’ve seen several episodes where people have died from using K2 and Spice.”

Which makes you wonder, why do people even mess with such a dangerous substance?

“We ask that all the time but its the same with any kind of drug abuse, methamphetamine alcohol abuse, it’s easy to get addicted to these drugs,” says Holden.

And while the law tries to keep up, the doctors in this ER hope people will take this little packet more seriously.

Bath Salts Problem Grows, Drug Counselors Say They Have Their Hands Full


 

The drug landscape is changing all across the country.  No longer are people just relying on what comes from the Earth.

They’re smoking, inhaling and shooting what chemists make in the lab.  They’re producing marijuana or bath salts.

There was a major bust around the country by the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Investigators found $59 million worth of synthetic marijuana in the Houston area alone.

It comes in small packets that indicate it’s approved by the DEA. Federal investigators say to laugh at that.

Chris Davis has been a drug counselor at Right Step in Houston for more than a decade.

“It’s up there with methamphetamine and cocaine,” Davis said.

He has 10 people he’s currently working with who are hooked on bath salts, a drug that hit the market about two years ago.

It’s a chemical mix that contains amphetamine-like chemicals and Davis says it’s just as addictive as other drugs like cocaine and the symptoms vary.

“Hallucinations and delusional, it can be very scary they can be very paranoid,” Davis said.  “It’s similar to what could happen to using methamphetamines.”

Davis says he’s glad federal agents on cracking down on the synthetic drugs that have landed in smoke shops around the county.

He says the results have made headlines with zombie like users in Florida.  He says it’s not a drug to take lightly and it’s difficult to shake.

“It takes a longer time for them to stabilize.  It’s pretty tough,” Davis said

 

 

 

 

Synthetic Marijuana is ‘Dangerous Stuff’


In the wake of raids on a dozen Washington County businesses selling the drug, Dr. Neil Capretto of Gateway Rehabilitation said the problem is ‘everywhere.’

 

Dr. Neil Capretto said one patient who came intoGateway Rehabilitation called the synthetic pot he was smoking “like marijuana on steroids.”

In the wake of a raid of a dozen Washington County businesses that were selling the synthetic marijuana, often packaged as incense and labeled “not fit for human consumption,” Capretto, Gateway’s medical director, said the use of such “designer drugs” is on the rise.

“It’s everywhere,” the doctor said. “It’s through most of the country now.”

And it’s getting worse, he said. Right now, he said there are 140 different versions of synthetic marijuana, and each has its own “tweaked” version of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in the drug.

The concept is based of research done in the 1990s by a scientist who was working to create a synthetic form of the drug for legitimate reasons, trying to mimic the relaxation and sedation effects of marijuana.

But Capretto said the doctor later abandoned the research because the synthetic version was similar “but much, much more potent.”

How much more?

“It was two to 10 times more potent,” Capretto said, adding that the potency causes much more extreme effects, including hallucinations and loss of motor-coordination skills.

Generally smoked, the products sold and seized at local shops come mostly from China, where makers spray the drug on plant material, and market it as incense or potpourri.

“It’s like, ‘Wink, wink,” but everyone knows,” Capretto said. “This is some very potent, dangerous stuff.”

And while the drugs have made its way into many circles, the doctor said it’s use it most common in two groups.

The first group includes people between the ages of 18 and 30.

The other group? People in the legal system or a work environment that requires regular drug testing.

Capretto said that while technology is advancing, it’s difficult to screen for the drug because its make-up is slightly different from traditional THC.

 

“So you pass your drug test,” Capretto said.

He asked parents and members of the community to be vigilant—and not assume that the name “synthetic marijuana” or the fact it can be found in convenience stores and gas stations are signs it is safe to consume.

And he said he thinks the stores, which he said have made as much as $100,000 a year selling the synthetic marijuana also known also as K2 or K3, should be held accountable.

“We have to hold their feet to the fire,” Capretto said.

Authorities Confiscated Spice, ‘Bath Salts’ Assorted Paraphernalia and Weapons from Maple Valley Tobacco Shop



The King County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that detectives seized more than one-and-a-half pounds of ‘spice,’ a small amount of ‘bath salts’ and numerous other drug paraphernalia as well as illegal weapons from a Maple Valley tobacco store.

The search of Tobacco Depot on the 26900 block of Maple Valley/Black Diamond Road on July 12 was the culmination of an eight-month long investigation into complaints of unlawful activity at the store, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

The driver for the investigation was the reported sale of ‘spice’ at the location. ‘Spice’ is a synthetic marijuana product that consists of green vegetation that resembles marijuana which is then coated in chemicals that mimic the euphoric effects of marijuana when it is smoked. The product is often marketed as ‘potpourri,’ said the Sheriff’s Office.

In December of 2011, the active chemicals in ‘spice’ were categorized as Schedule I controlled substances. According to the DEA, Schedule I substances “have a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.”

Other substances in this category include heroine, LSD, marijuana, peyote, and ‘ecstacy.’

During the investigation detectives also discovered that the owner of the business was selling illegal weapons such as brass knuckles, butterfly knives and nun-chucks.

In addition to selling illegal weapons the suspect was also selling glass “crack pipes” and glass pipes and bongs commonly used to smoke marijuana.  These pipes are used for the ingestion of crack cocaine or methamphetamine.

Maple Valley Municipal Code (MVMC 9.05.240) makes it illegal to sell drug paraphernalia unless proper signage is posted indicating that such items are for sale in the business, and that persons under the age of 18 are not allowed inside unless accompanied by a parent.  These legible signs did not exist at the business.

During the service of the warrant, detectives found hundreds of crack pipes, thousands of 1”x1” baggies (commonly used to package drugs for sale), nitrous oxide containers (over 1300 individual doses) and small inhalers used to ingest nitrous oxide (commonly called “whippits”).

Detectives also confiscated a number of illegal weapons including 10 sets of nun-chucks, 20 sets of metal knuckles, 1 set of electrified metal knuckles, and 3 butterfly knives.

On the Plateau, the Foothills Healthy Community Coalition (FHCC) is currently working collaboratively with area agencies to develop a community action plan and to initiate a preventative substance use program. Many of the substances seized during this search are among what experts say are prevalent in this area. For more information on the FHCC, you can contact Heather Hogan, the youth substance abuse prevention specialist at 360-802-3206 or heatherh@enumclawrhf.org. The FHCC is supported in part by the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation.

The spread of Spice: Colleges, NCAA deal with the problem of synthetic marijuana


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Former Auburn running back Mike Dyer testifies as a prosecution witness April 11, 2012, during the trial of former teammate Antonio Goodwin.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Like countless other col­lege basketball players, Lamar Jack couldn’t wait for the 2012 season to begin.

The redshirt freshman forward was working out with his Anderson (S.C.) University teammates last September, going through preseason conditioning drills, when something went terribly wrong.

After complaining of cramps and blurred vision, Jack collapsed. He was rushed to the emergency room, where his body tem­perature was extremely el­evated.

Four days later, he died at the age of 19.

After an autopsy, Ander­son County coroner Greg Shore told the Anderson In­dependent Mail that Jack’s death was the result of “acute drug toxicity (that) led to multiple organ failure.”

Toxicology tests revealed that Jack had ingested the chemical JWH-018, which is used to make synthetic marijuana.

“This drug certainly triggered this young athlete’s death,” Shore said, “and that is tragic.”

Synthetic marijuana, which was sold legally over the counter in Alabama until last year under such names as K2 and Spice, has become the latest front in the war on drugs waged by athletics organizations such as the NCAA and federal agencies such as the DEA.

“Poison center experts say these substances are among the worst they have ever seen,” said Rick Dart, the president of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. “People high on these drugs can get very agitated and violent, exhibit psychosis and severe behavior changes and have harmed themselves and others.”

‘Like a heroin high’

The National Center for Drug-Free Sport, which administers drug-testing programs for the NCAA and for more than 200 colleges and universities, first spotted synthetic marijuana on its radar about two years ago.

One of the center’s vice presidents, Andrea Wickerham, said it “crept into athletics a little more than a year ago” through reports from some of the center’s university clients.

“We were hearing from them what they were hearing from their student-athletes” about the use of synthetic marijuana on campus, Wickerham said. “The schools were asking us, ‘What do you know? What are you seeing?’ ”

Based on anecdotal evidence from the center’s clients, the effects of synthetic marijuana have ranged from increased heart rate and blood pressure, Wickerham said, to “horrible examples of seizures and convulsions.”

She added that part of synthetic marijuana’s danger is “it’s an illicit street drug. You don’t know what you’re buying. What’s really in it?”

Synthetic marijuana products consist of dried leaves from traditional herbal products that have been treated with chemicals, supposedly to mimic the effects of marijuana, but they can be much stronger.

“The high is not in the least like a marijuana high,” Wickerham said. “It’s like a heroin high or an Ecstasy high, in a bad way.”

Until the chemicals used to make these products were outlawed in more than 30 states, including Alabama, and banned by the DEA, they were available over the counter at retail outlets such as gas stations, convenience stores and tobacco shops and often marketed as herbal incense.

Synthetic marijuana made headlines in the SEC twice during the past academic year. Last October, LSU suspended three football players: defensive backs Tharold Simon and Tyrann Mathieu, who went on to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, and running back Spencer Ware.

Those players missed one game against Auburn after they tested positive for synthetic marijuana in a school-administered drug test, ESPN.com reported at the time. Wickerham said she talked to LSU officials who confirmed that report.

In April, former Auburn tailback Mike Dyer testified at the trial of former teammate Antonio Goodwin, who later was found guilty of armed robbery and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Dyer testified that, on the night of the robbery, he met Goodwin and co-defendants Shaun Kitchens and Dakota Mosley at a party at teammate DeAngelo Benton’s house and that the players were smoking Spice.

Dyer also testified that, during his two years at Auburn, he “consistently” smoked Spice and found it “way stronger” than traditional marijuana.

“Auburn’s not alone,” Wickerham said. “We’re seeing high numbers in terms of positive test results.”

Wickerham wouldn’t provide those numbers, but they came from a blind study of about 2,000 samples from student-athletes in all NCAA sports. That study is part of the research being done by the UCLA Olympic lab as the NCAA moves toward including synthetic marijuana as one of the street drugs for which it tests at NCAA championships.

The NCAA currently conducts drug testing at its championship events in all three divisions at least once every five years, and testing occurs at certain championships every year. The NCAA also tests about 11,000 Division I and II student-athletes in all sports at random throughout the year, but only the screening at championships tests for street drugs.

The NCAA added “synthetic cannabinoids (eg. Spice, K2, JWH-018, JWH-073)” to its list of banned street drugs — a list that includes but isn’t limited to marijuana and heroin — in 2011.

“I’m hopeful the NCAA will begin testing for it (at championships) in the fall of 2013,” Wickerham said. “The missing piece now is what does the lab recommend as the threshold level (for a positive test).”

synth-mj.jpgSome of the products that fall under the broad category of synthetic marijuana that were sold legally over the counter until 2011.

Mary Wilfert, the NCAA’s associate director of health and safety, said it takes time to develop a drug-testing protocol in this case because synthetic marijuana “is not a standardized substance. There are many compounds that go into these products. We’re not testing for products. We’re testing for chemical substances.”

More than 90 percent of Division I schools conduct their own drug-testing programs. SEC schools already have begun testing their student-athletes for synthetic marijuana. Ten of the league’s 14 schools responded to multiple requests from The Birmingham News for basic information on the subject. Spokesmen for Kentucky and Vanderbilt responded but said their schools don’t reveal such medical information.

All eight schools that provided information — Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Texas A&M — said they test for synthetic marijuana and their penalties for a positive test are the same as for traditional marijuana. Those penalties vary from school to school.

Of the schools that responded, Alabama was the first to test for synthetic marijuana, beginning in the fall of 2010. Auburn began testing for it Aug. 1, 2011.

Texas A&M and Mississippi State were the only schools that responded to a question about the number or percentage of student-athletes who had tested positive for synthetic marijuana. They said they’ve each had one positive test.

Increasing usage

Statistics from the American Association of Poison Control Centers suggest usage continues to grow in the general population. The AAPCC reported that the number of calls about synthetic marijuana use to poison centers in the United States grew from 2,906 in 2010 to 6,959 in 2011. Those centers had logged 3,372 such calls through June 30 of this year.

Using its emergency scheduling authority, the DEA prohibited the possession and sale of five specific chemical agents contained in synthetic marijuana in March 2011.

“This emergency action was necessary to prevent an imminent threat to public health and safety,” the DEA said.

In October 2011, the state of Alabama followed suit when Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer, signed an emergency order making the possession or sale of chemical compounds typically found in synthetic marijuana substances unlawful.

Between October 2010 and October 2011, the Regional Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Alabama reported receiving 101 calls from people exposed to K2 or Spice. Three victims were 6 to 12, 35 were teenagers and 32 were in their 20s.

“These substances have been wrongly presented as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana,” Williamson said. “We want the public to be aware of the toxic effects and other dangers associated with synthetic marijuana use.”

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed into law the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, which specifically identified a number of synthetic cannabinoids and made their use, possession or distribution illegal.

Wickerham of the National Center for Drug-Free Sport said her organization and others like the NCAA have been playing catch-up on this problem. One reason student-athletes say they’ve used synthetic marijuana, in addition to it being legal until recently, was their belief that their schools didn’t test for it or that those tests couldn’t detect it.

The NCAA has educated its schools about the dangers of synthetic marijuana through newsletters and forums, but it still is gathering information on the subject.

Every four years, the NCAA conducts a drug-use survey of student-athletes in which they’re allowed to respond anonymously. About 20,000 completed surveys are returned. The most recent survey, in 2008-09, did not ask about the use of synthetic marijuana.

The next one, in 2012-13, will.

“There just seems to be an explosion in the last few years of people developing synthetic mood-altering drugs,” Wilfert said. “It’s not something we’d seen before.”

 

DEA raids smoke shops in Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Alamogordo


LAS CRUCES — Federal and local law enforcement officers raided several smoke shops Wednesday in Las Cruces, as well as one business in Sunland Park, as part of a nationwide investigation into the alleged production and distribution of synthetic drugs.

Masked agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, assisted by LCPD officers, were seen removing several large boxes of evidence from at least three retail locations near the intersection of South Solano Drive and East Idaho Avenue.

Federal agents also raided the Station Recreation smoke shop on 1621 Appaloosa in Sunland Park. DEA officials did not say Wednesday if any raids in southern New Mexico resulted in arrests.

An affidavit filed in support of the search warrants in the U.S. District Court for New Mexico indicates that 14 businesses in Las Cruces, Sunland Park and Alamogordo were targeted for allegedly selling illegal synthetic cannabinoids, commonly known as Spice, and synthetic cathinones, more popularly known as “bath salts.”

Two smoke shops in Silver City, Twisted Illusions and The Smoke Shop, were not raided and neither sells Spice, workers said.

In January, the DEA, joined by other federal and local law enforcement agencies, began investigating the smoke shops, often sending undercover agents to purchase suspected synthetic drugs, according to court documents.

“Each undercover operation has resulted in the seizure of individual-used sized containers containing a plant material that is believed to

have been treated with chemicals or a powdery-like substance,” DEA agent Jeffery S. Castillo wrote in his affidavit.

The raids in southern New Mexico appeared to be part of a coordinated nationwide investigation as the DEA on Wednesday also raided businesses in El Paso, Albuquerque, as well as locations in California, Utah, New York and New Hampshire, according to published reports.

“DEA agents are conducting numerous enforcement operations throughout the region … This is part of a bigger operation,” said Carmen Coutino, a spokeswoman for the DEA office in El Paso.

The search warrant for the businesses in southern New Mexico, signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Garza, authorized agents to seize written and electronic documents, financial records, suspected synthetic drugs and paraphernalia, as well as security camera recordings.

Witnesses at Somewhere Else Comics Games, one of 10 businesses in Las Cruces targeted by the DEA, said Wednesday that police officers entered the business with guns drawn, announcing they were raiding the establishment.

“They pat-frisked me and my son. It was very scary for us,” said one woman who declined to give her name. She and her 13-year-old son sat inside a vehicle outside the store at 1230 S. Solano Drive.

Authorities also raided Phat Glass, located next door to Somewhere Else Comics and Games, and Smokin Supply, less than a quarter-mile away at 1315 S. Solano Drive.

“They came in, guns drawn, told me to put my hands up and handcuffed me,” said Maurice Portillo, co-owner of Smokin Supply, who was not arrested and subsequently released.

Portillo said the DEA agents “tore” through his shop, turning around security cameras and taking cell phones, business records, as well as glass containers and herbal incense products that are often described as synthetic marijuana because of their chemical composition.

Portillo, a 29-year-old U.S. Army veteran and student at New Mexico State University, said he believed the products he sold were legal, noting that he bought them from a distributor who also provided literature vouching for their legality with DEA drug scheduling provisions.

“I don’t do any illegal business out here. There’s no history of anything illegal here,” said Portillo, who opened his business about six weeks ago. Portillo said the DEA agents did not tell him what they were looking for, and made several references to the operation being “Obama (expletive).”

“I was like, ‘This is just (expletive) politics …,'” Portillo said.

On July 9, President Barack Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, which instituted tougher criminal penalties for selling some first-generation synthetic drugs — such as K2 and Spice — as well as some newer ones.

In March 2011, the DEA “emergency scheduled” several chemicals often found in herbal incense products that make them chemically similar to tetrahydrocannabinol, THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

However, Castillo wrote in his affidavit that “clandestine manufacturers and traffickers” began distributing smokable cannabinoid products in an attempt to circumvent newly enacted federal and state laws.

Castillo said the criminal offenses possibly committed by the investigation’s targets include possession with intent to distribute analogs of a controlled substance, and selling drug paraphernalia.

Portillo, whose store also sells health items, regular tobacco products, cell phones, vaporizers and storage containers, said he never believed he was selling anything illegal and added that he cooperated with authorities. He also said the raid will only temporarily hurt his business.

“We’ll be all right. We’ll be back,” he said.

Brian Fraga can be reached at (575) 541-5462; Follow him on Twitter @bfraga

 

Closer look

The Drug Enforcement Administration, investigating the alleged production and distribution of synthetic drugs, obtained search warrants for the following businesses in southern New Mexico:

— Phat Glass, 1211 East Idaho, Las Cruces

— Phat Glass South, 306 Union, Las Cruces

— Phat Glass Too, 109 North New York, Alamogordo

— Phat Glass 3, 823 North New York, Alamogordo

— Sam’s Gift Shop and Smoking Accessories, 607-C South White Sands Boulevard, Alamogordo

— Neverwhere, 940 North Main, Las Cruces

— Somewhere Else Comic Books and Games, 1230 South Solano, Las Cruces

— Zia Tattoo, 1300 El Paseo, Las Cruces

— Station Recreation, 1621 Appaloosa, Sunland Park

— The Realm Hookah Lounge, 991 West Picacho, Las Cruces

— Smokin Supply, 1315 South Solano, Las Cruces

— Hookah Outlet, 1900 South Espina, Las Cruces

— Subherbia, 1200 East Madrid, Las Cruces

— Subherbia 2, 150 South Solano, Las Cruces
1:27 p.m.

LAS CRUCES — Federal and local law enforcement officers raided at least three Las Cruces smoke shops today as part of a wider investigation into synthetic drugs.

Masked agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, assisted by LCPD officers, are still on-scene at Phat Glass, 1211 East Idaho Ave., Smokin Supply, 1315 South Solano Drive, and Somewhere Else Comics and Games, 1230 South Solano Drive.

Police entered the comic store/smoke shop this morning with guns drawn and announced that they were raiding the business, said two witnesses who were inside the store.

Witnesses said the agents were “looking through everything” in the store, checking counters, receipts, and pat-frisking everybody inside the business and asking for their identifications.

Federal agents were also seen bringing evidence bags inside the stores.

DEA spokesman Carmen Coutino confirmed that the investigation was related to synthetic drugs. DEA agents in New Mexico and Texas have raided other smoke shops looking to confiscate synthetic marijuana, commonly known as SPICE, according to multiple media reports.

Coutino said more information will be released later today, adding: “DEA agents are conducting numerous enforcement operations throughout the region. This is part of a bigger operation.”

12:16 p.m.

LAS CRUCES — Shops near the corner of Solano Drive and Idaho Avenue may be part of a federal raid by agents looking to confiscate the synthetic drug Spice.

According to Sun-News reporter Brian Fraga, the Las Cruces Police Department is assisting the Drug Enforcement Agency in an investigation Wednesday at Phat Glass, 1211 E. Idaho Ave., Smokin’ Supply, 1315 S. Solano Drive, and Somewhere Else Comics and Games, 1230 S. Solano Drive.

 

Police entered the comic store/smoke shop this morning with guns drawn and announced they were raiding the business, two witnesses on scene said.

DEA agents are raiding locations across New Mexico, according to multiple media sources.

DEA agents raided at least one location in Sunland Park and KOB.com is reporting DEA raided 16 locations in Albuquerque today.

A spokeswoman for the agency told KFOX14 that they are looking to confiscate Spice.

Spice refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana and that are marketed as safe, legal alternatives to that drug, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Synthetic marijuana was banned in New Mexico in April 2011.

DEA Raids Suspected Synthetic Marijuana Warehouse


This is the second time in recent history law enforcement officials have raided the business in the Town ‘N Country area.

A warehouse located at 6308 Benjamin Road is making the news once again. For the second time since April, the facility has been raided by law enforcement officers.

The first time it was deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office that targeted the building as a possible site for the production and distribution of synthetic marijuana. Now, theTampa Bay Times is reporting a second raid on the warehouse. This time the law enforcement officials are from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and they’re not saying much at this time (Read the Times’ story here).

Also known as “Spice” or “K2,” the designer drug uses chemicals that produce effects similar to marijuana. Spice has been linked to a number of health problems and has been known to contribute to increased anxiety, kidney failure and seizures.


The state has outlawed many of the chemicals used in spice production, but manufacturers have been changing their recipes to stay a step ahead of the law. Some manufacturers have taken production into their own garages. An overnight explosion in Pasco County is thought to be linked to the production of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana has become such a big concern Hillsborough is looking into creating its own ordinance that would make spice production and distribution illegal within the county. Officials discussed the possibility of drafting an ordinance during a recent meeting.

“We have a grave, grave issue in our community that’s kind of been kept quiet,” said Commissioner Les Miller during the meeting on the proposed ordinance. “It’s called synthetic drugs. It is a dangerous, dangerous drug.”

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