Arrests for selling synthetic drugs on the rise
The battle continues against the open sale of synthetic drugs known as ”spice” and “bath salts” with the arrest of five persons and raiding of two stores on November 23.
Bath salts are drugs that mimic the effects of other illegal drugs including marijuana, LSD, cocaine and many others.
Drug task force agents searched four homes and raided two stores named Bonsai Pipe and Tobacco. One was located on Route 17 in Yorktown, and another on East Pembroke Avenue in Hampton.
The cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newport News, which got a 13-count indictment from a grand jury.
In another investigation, agents of the Tri Rivers Drug Task Force and other police departments raided two synthetic drug shops in Gloucester and arrested 14 persons in March 2013. Two of those arrested have pled guilty in federal court. One was sentenced last month to 7 years in federal prison.
Reportedly, a business that sells synthetic drugs was recently raided and shut down in Tappahannock.
There is one business in Middlesex County that allegedly sells synthetic drugs, police have said.