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In North Carolina, 30 people are facing synthetic drug charges

In North Carolina over 30 men and women are facing drug charges that are spread over three criminal indictments and one criminal complaint. Specifically, this group is facing drug charges for the intent to sell and traffic synthetic drugs. The sting was a joint effort between several law enforcement agencies and the arrests took place over a two day period.

Supposedly, the drug ring operated out of a few store fronts that also sold other tobacco paraphernalia. Some of the illegal synthetic drugs were sold as "dietary supplements" and given other names. The drug ring supposedly was in operation for about one year before this spree of arrests.

In addition to the store fronts, some of those arrested are accused of selling drugs from Charlotte, North Carolina area warehouses. The sting operation stemmed from a rise in the number of synthetic drugs found in busts. There has also been an increase in emergency room visits from the dangerous side-effects that come from using dangerous chemicals in a consumable product. With the strange names and unusual packaging, it may be possible that some of the defendants did not know specifically what these products were or that they are illegal.

In such a large drug bust with so many defendants arrested, it may be that there are some that are facing drug charges that will not hold up in court. Police may have had a miscommunication or there could be clerical errors, which are always possible in such a huge operation. Any of the defendants have the right to a defense and are all innocent until proven otherwise in the eyes of the law.

Source:, "30 Charged in synthetic drug operation," June 26, 2013

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