St. Clair County officials crack down...

St. Clair County officials crack down on sale of deadly synthetic drugs

There are 7 comments on the KSDK-TV Saint Louis story from Apr 10, 2012, titled St. Clair County officials crack down on sale of deadly synthetic drugs. In it, KSDK-TV Saint Louis reports that:

St. Clair County, IL -- Officials are cracking down on the sale of synthetic drugs at 14 locations across St.

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Bryan

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Apr 10, 2012
YAY!!!

Stoners weep: St. Clair County raids 13 stores seeking synthetic pot

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Thirteen businesses in St. Clair County were targeted Tuesday morning as part of an effort to get synthetic drugs off the shelves of Illinois retailers.



"There is nothing recreational about these insidious drugs," said St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly. "They are dangerous and deadly, and responsible retailers have no business keeping them on their shelves. If they won't remove them, we will."



The St. County Sheriff's Department said search warrants were issued for the following stores: Crown Food Mart, 306 River Park Drive, East St. Louis; Crown Food Mart, 8301 State St., East St. Louis; Crown Food Mart, 348 Collinsville Road, East St. Louis; Stop-N-Go Liquor, 8700 Collinsville Road, Collinsville; Cheap Cigarettes, 314 Sherman Ave., Belleville; Belleville Food Mart, 1424 Centreville Ave., Belleville; Town & Country Liquor, 1153 Centreville Ave., Belleville; Belleville West Discount Cigarettes, 6007 W. Main St., Belleville; Dupo Fuel Mart ZX, 511 Falling Springs Road, Dupo; Sunshine Daydream, 4618 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights;

Cahokia Liquor, 527 Illinois 3, Cahokia; Mobil Gas Station, 9221 Beller Drive, Mascoutah; and Max's One Stop, 1319 N. 17th St., Swansea.



Officers at Sunshine Daydream brought out several boxes of merchandise containing packages of the synthetic marijuana as well as several computers. They loaded them into police vehicles.



A Sunshine Daydream employee who didn't want to be identified said no one from the store wanted to comment about the raid.



The business was closed during the search, but expected to reopen later Tuesday.



Employees at the Belleville stores and the Swansea store declined to comment about the raid.



Search warrants were executed by the St. Clair County Drug Tactical Unit, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshals, Belleville Police, Cahokia Police, Mascoutah Police, Fairview Heights Police and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois.



Synthetic drug use has become a significant problem across the state and the county. Several deaths in Illinois likely related to the use of synthetic drugs have occurred in the past few months, Kelly said.



The product is not regulated and the process of mixing and making the synthetic substance can be uncontrolled and unpredictable.



Illinois has outlawed specific formulas of synthetic drugs but manufacturers have gotten around the laws by replacing the banned chemicals with new formulas. An Illinois law that went into effect Jan. 1 bans all chemicals that are structural derivatives of the previously-banned chemicals.



There's no immediate word on any arrests, though similar raids recently across Illinois produced no charges as long as retailers agreed not to sell the drugs again.



The synthetic drugs are chemicals coating plant materials to imitate marijuana, or mixed with powders to mimic cocaine or methamphetamine.



Illinois and other states have responded to synthetic drugs by banning specific formulas of the synthetic marijuana and so-called bath salts. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pursuing legislation to clarify their status and significantly increase penalties.



In 2010, poison control centers received 2,915 calls related to synthetic marijuana nationwide. By 2011, the centers reported 6,890 calls nationwide about the drug.



The AP contributed information to this story.



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An Anal

Edwardsville, IL

#2 Apr 10, 2012
OMG no. There goes my business at the clubs in ESL.
My dealer got put in prison for killing kids and now the liquor stores can't sell synthetic drugs!!
What am I gonna do?
Grades Please

Edwardsville, IL

#4 Apr 11, 2012
Why wrote:
Cahokia Liquor, 527 Illinois 3, Cahokia;
Why is this listed as a Cahokia establishment? Isn't it in Sauget?
Nope, its down by the old Ada's Chicken House on RT3 by the Hucks between RT3 & Old water Street.

http://maps.google.com/maps...
Richard

Waterloo, IL

#7 Apr 13, 2012
You are a damn fool trucker....why don't you leave this girl alone already. You know I used to like the interesting things you used to talk about regarding Cahokia, but now your just another bully. I mean really..grow up.
bart simpson

East Saint Louis, IL

#8 Apr 13, 2012
Richard wrote:
You are a damn fool trucker....why don't you leave this girl alone already. You know I used to like the interesting things you used to talk about regarding Cahokia, but now your just another bully. I mean really..grow up.
eat my shorts!!
Really

Dallas, TX

#9 Apr 27, 2012
Richard wrote:
You are a damn fool trucker....why don't you leave this girl alone already. You know I used to like the interesting things you used to talk about regarding Cahokia, but now your just another bully. I mean really..grow up.
I second that, let it go!
funny

Granite City, IL

#10 Apr 27, 2012
Really wrote:
<quoted text> I second that, let it go!
Second that hell, you were always the last woman in line that could get screwed when you were young cause you be UGLY!!!!!!!!

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