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Synthetic Drugs Seized in Pennsylvania Raid; 15 People Charged

Posted Sep 07 2012 1:15pm

Law enforcers seized hundreds of synthetic marijuana and stimulants in a raid on Thursday involving an alleged distribution ring in Pennsylvania.

J&L Wholesale Distributors, located in Allentown, was invaded by authorities after a yearlong investigation. The company had allegedly supplied illegal synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia to gas stations and convenience stores in northern Montgomery County, the Lehigh Valley, Delaware, and New Jersey. At least 15 people were arrested, including the company’s 52-year old owner, Kenneth Grossman and his 24-year old son.

In addition to the confiscated synthetic drugs , authorities also froze about $900,000 in business bank accounts, believed to be the company’s two days worth of revenue.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said, “The fact that we were able to seize so much money over two days tells me that this is a big business – lots of volume, lots of profit.”

Prosecutors believed that Grossman sold the products at conventions in Atlantic City, out of a storefront in New Castle, Del., and to a network of customers within Pennsylvania.

Also arrested were Grossman’s subsidiary business partners and owners and employees of five gas stations and convenience stores in Allentown, Schwenksville, Upper Frederick, Upper Perkiomen, and South Whitehall Townships.

Synthetic marijuana is a concoction of natural herbs and chemicals that mimic the effects of cannabis. The so-called bath salts are known to provide users the “high” similar to that of cocaine or methamphetamine. Last year, Pennsylvannia joined 33 other states in forbidding the sale and distribution of drugs after an increased in violent incidents have been recorded, many of which involved teenagers who legally bought and used the drugs.

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