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New Jersey raids lead to arrests for designer drug distribution

As reported in previous posts, law enforcement in New Jersey is cracking down on the sale of designer drugs in the state. New Jersey in August banned six chemical compounds found in bath salts and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has banned five chemicals found in synthetic marijuana, sold as incense.

Multiple raids by New Jersey law enforcement throughout the state this month have resulted in several arrests and charges of distribution and possession of designer drugs. The locations targeted by police were believed to be selling the designer drugs of synthetic marijuana and bath salts, which are made to mimic cocaine or meth.

The raids involved head shops or convenience stores that carried the synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia. The raids also recovered drug paraphernalia and resulted in charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At a raid in East Brunswick on August 2, a man was arrested at a Shell gas station that he owned. He was charged with selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana, as was his mother.

Three smoke shops were raided on September 8 in New Brunswick. Synthetic marijuana and bath salts were seized during the raids. The people arrested in those raids were also charged with possession and distribution of toxic chemicals. Another raid of a New Brunswick shop resulted in a Woodbridge woman being charged with possession and distribution of toxic chemicals and possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the recent raids, police confiscated 6,547 packages containing bath salts and synthetic marijuana.

Source: Suburban, "Local residents among those charged in 'bath salts' raids," Sept. 22, 2011

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