28 people face federal drug trafficking charges related to the sale and production of bath salts and other synthetic drugs.
Twenty-six-year-old Greg Carroll of Brownstown has been sentenced to six months in prison for bolting from a post office with a package.
Synthetic drugs are blamed in the death of a Poplar Bluff man who died while in police custody.
A year ago, Cape Girardeau and the rest of Southeast Missouri was said to be a hotbed for bath salt users.
The DEA seized more than $36 million in cash, arrested 91 people, and led to 5 million packets of synthetic drugs being removed from the public.
An autopsy found that a southwest Missouri man who died after a confrontation with police had used a synthetic compound known as bath salts.
“It’s been unbelievable because even though the law has changed that clearly outlaws virtually every synthetic drug, all the fake pot that’s out there, we’re still finding it’s readily available.”
The DEA is seeking a nationwide ban on the sale and possession of the product.
The new laws crack down on some overlooked drugs, including hallucinogens in bath salts.
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