Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Governor Rick Scott, were exited for the ceremonial signing of House Bill 1175 on June 26, 2012. The new bill prohibits and makes illegal 90 “new types” of synthetic drugs.
“Synthetic drugs can be deadly and pose a serious threat to our communities, and this new law will enable law enforcement to better protect Floridians,” stated Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
While Governor Scott and Florida attorney, Pam Bondi were adding new reasons to imprison men and women. They are also very adamant supporters of the Florida private prison system.
Synthetic drugs are the name they are giving to the substances often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense, or plant food.
On July 26, 2012 the United States Drug Enforcement Administration arrested 90 individuals and seized more than five million packets of finished designer synthetic drugs during the first nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry. Operation Log Jam was conducted jointly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, as well as countless state and local law enforcement members in more than 109 U.S. cities and targeted every level of the synthetic designer drug industry, including retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.
Over the past several years, there has been a growing use of, and interest in, synthetic cathinones (stimulants/hallucinogens) sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant food.” Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” or “Bliss,” these products are comprised of a class of dangerous substances perceived to mimic cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or methamphetamine. Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes. The long-term physical and psychological effects of use are unknown but potentially severe.
While many of the designer drugs being marketed today that were seized as part of Operation Log Jam are not specifically prohibited in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 (AEA) allows these drugs to be treated as controlled substances if they are proven to be chemically and/or pharmacologically similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. A number of cases that are part of Operation Log Jam will be prosecuted federally under this analogue provision, which specifically exists to combat these new and emerging designer drugs.
During this operation, a total of 48 search warrants were executed in the following Florida cities: West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Tampa, Melbourne, Redington Shores, Holiday, St. Petersburg, and Gainesville. These federal and state
search warrants at defendant’s residences, suspected synthetic drug labs, businesses and bank accounts seizures resulted in the seizure of more than $18,900,000 in cash, approximately 3,600,000 packets of synthetic cannabinoid, approximately 8,363 packets of synthetic cathinone, 1458 kilograms of raw synthetic cannabinoid, 70 kilograms of raw synthetic cathinone, and approximately 14,286 kilograms of untreated plant material. In addition, law enforcement also seized 17 firearms (including a .50 caliber rifle), approximately 6,000 rounds of ammo, 15 vehicles, 2 motorcycles, 23 luxury watches, 24 computers, six cement mixers and 32 Mylar packaging sealers.