On Wednesday, both federal and local law enforcement officials parterned up to conduct “Operation Log Jam”, the first ever nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs.
Here are the numbers:
- Seized $36 million in cash
- Seized more than 4.8 million packets of synthetic THC called “cannabinoids”
- Arrested more than 90 people
- Raided 29 manufacturing facilities – large and small
- Seized 53 weapons and $6 million in assets
Michele Leonhart, of the Drug Enforcement Administration, told reporters that drugs known as bath salts, K-2, Spice and Vanilla Sky have been deceptively marketing to young people at smoke shops and retail outlets.
She said that although many of the drugs come with warning labels, it only covers up the true danger.
“So little know about these substances,” she said. “You’ve seen the headlines–people who have committed murders, suicide, those calls to poison control…”
The DEA has over a $2 billion budget, which means loads of tax payer money goes toward funding their operations and staffing.
What do you think about the productivity of the “War on Drugs” — a “war” that funds a multi-billion dollar industry? Does hearing about Operation Log Jam make you more or less comfortable with the results of the spending of your tax dollars?