22 local arrests after federal agents target synthetic drugs

22 local arrests after federal agents target synthetic drugs

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to stay one step ahead of synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers as it broadens its crackdown on the growing black market product.

DEA agents fanned out across the country Wednesday and made more 150 arrests and served about 200 warrants, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said. The largest single operation was a statewide effort in Alabama, though agents also were active in 28 other states.

One of those states was the state of Michigan. The local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office says 22 were arrested in Macomb and Oakland counties. During those arrests, HSI special agents seized drugs, cash and weapons.

In several states synthetic drugs like spice were the target, but here the drugs molly and 25i were in the spotlight.

Click on the video player above to learn more in the report from FOX 2's Taryn Asher.

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