Following the announcement by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) today that they led coordinated raids on illicit drug manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, Rep. Sandy Adams released the following statement. 90 individuals were arrested in the raids, with more than $36 million in cash and 19 million packets of synthetic drugs seized.
"Ending the scourge of illegal drug use is so important to keep our children and communities safe," said Adams. "I applaud the DEA and the other agencies involved in these raids for taking a pro-active step to get these dangerous drugs off the streets and out of the hands of drug users. Whether it is bath salts today, or some other abused chemical substance tomorrow, law enforcement agencies and Congress must remain vigilant to adapt to the ever changing tactics of drug manufacturers. I will continue my work on the House Judiciary Committee and keep in close contact with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi so that federal legislators can give law enforcement officers the tools they need to keep these drugs off the streets and our communities safe from harm."
In 2011, Adams was the author of federal legislation to add several synthetic chemicals used to manufacture illicit drugs to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The list includes the chemicals used to make drugs known as "bath salts." Additionally, her amendment in the Judiciary Committee also added additional psychoactive substances to the bill, some of which were the target of the raid today.
In an action dubbed Operation Log Jam today, the DEA conducted the first-ever nationwide law enforcement action against the synthetic designer drug industry responsible for the production and sale of synthetic drugs that are often marketed as bath salts, Spice, incense, or plant food. Operation Log Jam was conducted jointly by the DEA 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 90 U.S. cities to target every level of the synthetic designer drug industry, including retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.