By FourFourSecondsThe latest arrest of a drug dealer is not going to stop the US from trying to get the war on drugs off the ground.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency has arrested several dealers who have been selling a strain of synthetic marijuana known as kratom, and are charged with possessing and distributing it.
Feds spokesman David Calderon told the Washington Post that the DEA is “seeking to bring the synthetic drug trade to an end”.
He said the raids, conducted between July and September, targeted four locations in California, Washington and Oregon.
Kratom is a natural supplement that can be bought over the counter, with its stimulant properties often leading to euphoria.
It is often sold as a tea or a supplement in places such as the UK, Canada, Japan and Malaysia, but is also sold in Australia, Germany, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
According to a federal indictment, the suspects were “peddling synthetic drugs in a multi-storey, multi-floor distribution network”, including in the US, Canada , Japan, Australia and New York.
In its complaint, the Drug Enforcement Administration said the drug is “highly addictive, highly toxic and is used to treat medical conditions such as multiple sclerosis, asthma, fibromyalgia and narcolepsy”.
It also said the drugs “are often used as a substitute for illegal drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin”.
According to the DEA, the defendants were also “in the process of selling synthetic marijuana to undercover agents posing as users of kratom”.
In a statement, the DEA said: “The use of karmacamine is highly addictive and is a highly toxic drug, and the DEA and other law enforcement agencies have been working to stop this abuse for decades.”
The agency did not elaborate on what those actions would be.