Attorney General bans additional synthetic drugs

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 17:47 PM.

The packaging belies the real danger of the drugs, Ashley said.

 “They’ve been linked to thousands of emergency room visits and it’s getting worse,” he said.

The substances are known to cause hallucinations, violent paranoid behavior and in one case, a man tried to eat the cage out of the back of a county patrol car, he said.

The state began banning the synthetic drugs in January 2011. At that time, the Sheriff’s Office began asking local retailers to voluntarily surrender their merchandise.

Since then, deputies in Okaloosa County have confiscated more than $1.8 million worth of the drugs and glassware or paraphernalia sold along with it, Ashley said.

They’ve made 56 controlled buys, served 22 search warrants and made three arrests.

In October, five head shops and the Bluewater Bay home of their owner, Patrick Anderson, were raided for the synthetic drugs.

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