Colorado swept up in synthetic drug crackdown

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Updated: 5/07/2014 10:17 pm

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is among the states targeted in a national crackdown on synthetic drugs.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner says a news conference planned Wednesday afternoon in Denver was directly related to search and arrest warrants served on manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in at least 25 states beginning early Wednesday.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne says Wednesday's crackdown involved 66 DEA cases, seven investigations led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents and several others led by Customs and Border Protection that focused on express consignment shipments. The largest single operation was a statewide effort in Alabama.

Synthetic marijuana has been linked to outbreaks of illness in Colorado and elsewhere. While real marijuana is legal in Colorado, synthetic marijuana blends marketed under names such as K2, Spice and Blaze are not.

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