EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A DEA official says 10 people have been arrested in New Mexico as part of a countrywide sweep on processors and distributors of synthetic drugs.
Joseph Arabit, director of DEA's El Paso sector, says 36 search warrants were executed in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Roswell and Alamogordo. More than 56,000 packets of synthetic marijuana or "spice" as well as more than 9,000 containers of "bath salts" were seized.
Spice is a herbal product sprayed with a mixture of acetone and a synthetic compound that mimics the effects of marijuana. Bath salts are synthetic analogs of amphetamines.
Arabit says the packaging and names of the products suggest they were marketed to minors.
The DEA says 90 people nationwide were arrested and more than 5 million packets seized in 109 cities.