Attorney General bans additional synthetic drugs

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

No arrests were made in that case, but a federal investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.

Even as law enforcement officials comb stores for the currently illegal substances, manufacturers are working to slightly alter the chemical makeup of the drugs to get them back out to the public, said Rep. Matt Gaetz, who attended the press conference. 

“There’s always an overseas chemist with a new compound that we have to later come back and ban,” he said.

Officials are striving to stay ahead of the science, though, Gaetz said.

Phenethylamine, an obscure research chemical included in Tuesday’s ban, is available online, but is not yet commonly found in retail stores. Officials fear the presence of the drug may grow as other synthetic substances are banned, according to the Attorney General’s order.

As the newly appointed chair of the criminal justice committee, Gaetz said his first order of business will be to make the new bans a state law, rather than a temporary order.

Ashley said lawmen across the state would applaud any effort to help battle this chronic and growing issue.



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