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Fake Pot
5:22 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Feds Charge 28 In Connection With Synthetic Drug Ring

Some of the synthetic drugs seized in raids related to federal indictments made public on June 18, 2014.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Federal prosecutors say they have dismantled a criminal ring that allegedly distributed at least $18 million worth of synthetic drugs across the country over the last three years. 

Six federal and ten local agencies participated in the investigation, which special agent James P. Shrouba,  the head of the St. Louis office of the Drug Enforcement Agency, said took down an entire organization from the producers to the retailers. Twenty-eight people from Illinois, Arizona, Missouri and Indiana were either arrested or surrendered to authorities.

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Synthetic Drugs
4:23 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

St. Louis part of nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs

A sample of the items seized during the St. Louis portion of nationwide operation "Log Jam." The operation is a crackdown on synthetic drugs.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

At least a half-dozen people are behind bars in the St. Louis area following a nationwide crackdown on the sale of designer narcotics known as "bath salts" or K2.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency coordinated the Wednesday operation known as "Log Jam." Overall, nearly 80 people were arrested, and more than 5 million packets of the synthetic drugs seized, along with tons of raw material. It was the first coordinated strike.

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New state laws
5:00 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Late-term abortion ban, other new laws, go into effect in Mo.

Mo. Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Most of the new laws passed by the Missouri General Assembly this year officially took effect over the weekend, on August 28.

They include the controversial ban on late-term abortions that Governor Jay Nixon (D) allowed to become law without his signature.

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Ill. drug control legislation
4:21 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Quinn strengthens anti-drug legislation in Illinois

An interior view of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

The state of Illinois has four new laws that Gov. Pat Quinn says will help crack down on substance abuse.

Quinn signed the following measures into law today:

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Synthetic Drugs
3:34 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

Mo. expands law against synthetic drugs

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

For the second time in as many years, Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation outlawing the sale of synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cocaine and marijuana.

The bill signed Thursday by Nixon takes aim at products often marketed as bath salts, incense or spices.

Last year, Nixon signed legislation banning one type of synthetic marijuana called spice cannabinoids, which are sprayed on plants and often sold under the name "K2."

But other forms of synthetic marijuana with different chemical formulas quickly went on the market.

Morning round-up
9:33 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Missouri Capitol Rotundra. Missouri Senate leaders plan to debate legislation redrawing Missouri's congressional districts and allowing utilities to charge electric customers for some costs of developing a nuclear power plant.
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Missouri Senate to Debate Marquee Issues Today

Missouri Senate leaders plan to debate legislation redrawing Missouri's congressional districts and allowing utilities to charge electric customers for some costs of developing a second nuclear power plant in the state. Both bills are likely to generate significant discussion.

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