Local and federal law enforcers raided dozens of businesses suspected of selling drugs such as “K2” and “Spice” in nearly 100 cities Wednesday as part of the first-ever nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs, says USA Today.The drugs, often marketed as herbal incense or bath salts, mimic highs from cocaine, marijuana and LSD and remain widely available in convenience stores, smoke shops and online despite a July 9 federal ban.
Raids took place in Ohio, Minnesota, New York, Texas and Florida. The National Association of Convenience Stores warned its more than 148,000 member stores to take the product off shelves once the federal ban took effect, spokesman Jeff Lenard said. But many stores did not heed the warning. In Ohio, where the state outlawed the drugs before the federal ban, police in Columbus executed 16 search warrants at many of the stores in May.