DEA stepping up efforts to stop sale of synthetic drugs

The increasing popularity of synthetic drugs has caused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to redouble its efforts to arrest those involved in drug trafficking and manufacturing.

In recent years, synthetic drugs - including bath salts and synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice - have become increasingly popular across the U.S. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has taken notice and is working with state and local law enforcement agencies to prevent the manufacture, sale and distribution of these products. Earlier this spring, the DEA announced that it had made over 150 arrests in one day in 28 states, including Kansas. Those arrested were charged with a variety of crimes, including drug possession and drug trafficking.

The DEA's crackdown is not going to end anytime soon. The agency said that it is now turning its focus to those who import the chemicals used to manufacture these drugs from China. Currently, experts are struggling to learn more about the individuals and organizations that bankroll the making of these drugs. In some cases, the DEA has said that proceeds from the sale of these drugs have made their way to countries like Yemen and Syria.

Several years ago, after synthetic drugs like Spice, K2 and Blaze began to become popular with young people throughout the U.S., the DEA began working to help enact a ban on the materials used to make them. Although certain chemicals were made illegal, the manufacturers altered their formulas and came up with new drugs.

While the widespread manufacture and use of these types of drugs poses a challenge, the DEA has made it clear that it is committed to investigate and arrest those who break the law. These investigations are currently a priority with the agency because evidence suggests that the organizations involved in the manufacture of these drugs may have ties to terrorist groups. And while federal prosecutors have shown a willingness to be more lenient with non-violent, first-time offenders charged with crimes involving drugs such as marijuana, there is no indication that they will have the same attitude towards those involved in the manufacture, sale and distribution of these synthetic drugs.

A conviction for the manufacture, sale or possession of any drug can potentially bring harsh penalties, including fines and prison time. Those who are being investigated or who have been arrested for drug crimes should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney can examine your case and help zealously defend your rights. Do not delay: contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today to learn more.

Keywords: Drug trafficking