by Carol Thompson
Just days after President Barack Obama signed a bill making bath salts and synthetic marijuana illegal, authorities across Central New York raided shops suspected of selling the now illegal substances.
The 420 Emporium in the City of Fulton was one of the many shops targeted. The raids were conduced by multiple law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local officials.
In Fulton, residents were cheering the raid from across the street as it took place.
The nationally coordinated raids took place in New York, Minnesota, California, Ohio, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and other states.
Over the past two years, the country has seen a surge in the use of synthetic drugs.
Earlier this week, Oswego County District Attorney Gregory Oakes gave members of the legislature’s Strategic Planning and Government Committee an update on the drug use locally. (see related story).
The bath salts have led to a surge in arrests that are caused by the hallucinate effects of the drugs.
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