4 p.m., Jan. 22
Synthetic Drug Sweep in San Diego
The San Diego Field Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, announced in a July 26 press release that six individuals were arrested and more than 7000 packages of Spice and Bath Salt products seized in Escondido, California. This search warrant action was part of a "first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry."
The press release quoted Acting Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman as saying, "These drugs are being manufactured and marketed specifically targeting the young people in our community."
The search warrant action took place at a business called Magic Blends. The press release states that in addition to the spice and bath salts there were also "products marketed as 'glass cleaner' or shoe deodorizer' in a way to disguise their true purpose as dangerous synthetic drugs." The products that were seized had a wholesale value of over $100,000.00.
William Perno, Retired Deputy Sheriff and Co-Founder of People Against Spice, has been presenting information on this subject to students and parents throughout the county for over a year in order to raise the level of awareness of this evolving problem.