Today in Illegal Synthetic Drug News:
Two months of investigation led to the execution of search warrants on 13 Ouachita Parish businesses accused of selling synthetic marijuana.
In a coordinated effort Tuesday, members of the Metro Narcotics Unit, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency and Louisiana State Police conducted the searches of the stores.
Capt. Jay Ellerman, head of MNU, said even though the substances were outlawed, the manufacturers keep trying to circumvent the law by lacing their products with different chemicals.
“They’re trying to stay a step ahead of us,” Ellerman said. “They keep changing the chemicals. When something becomes illegal, they just change a chemical here or there to try to make it legal.”
Meanwhile, a bath-salts aficionado in Ohio spread some holiday cheer by breaking into a neighbor's house:
Police reports indicated that 44-year-old Terry Trent did have a pocket knife and was most likely on bath salts.
They said Trent walked through a back door and made himself comfortable.
"The candle was lit on the coffee table, the television was on and very loud, and the candle on the kitchen table was lit," Henderson said.
He also did some Christmas decorating, police said.
Henderson said the man tried his best to be polite to her 11-year-old son.
"He had said to him, 'I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. I'll get my things and go,'" Henderson said.