OK Bureau Of Narcotics On A Mission To Stamp Out Illegal Synthetic Drugs

Thursday, November 15th 2012, 6:32 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is teaming up with law enforcement agencies in all 77 counties, from Guymon to Woodward to right here in the metro, including the cities of Yukon, Bethany, Edmond, and Norman.

They are hoping to get those illegal synthetic drugs, also known as spice, K2, bath salts and potpourri, out of convenience stores and out of the hands of kids.

Back in July, undercover agents seized a cache of illegal synthetic drugs being sold at a Bethany convenience store.

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Greg Wolf's son overdosed on some of these very drugs and he says his son is lucky to be alive.

"To see my son lying in the hospital bed in the condition he was in, it was just awful!" said Wolf.

"We're getting too many people end up hurt or dead because of these products," said Mark Woodward, who works for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. "A lot of the information we're getting is coming from parents, after their kid ended up in the ER from smoking something they bought at a particular convenience store."

News 9 paid a visit to the Bethany convenience store where all those synthetic drugs were seized. Although the owner wouldn't talk to us on camera, he says he no longer sells them now that he knows they are illegal. And he says he's glad undercover agents are cracking down.

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Woodward says the state has outlawed more than a 150 chemicals used to make these synthetic drugs. But he says manufacturers keep cranking them out.

"The bottom line is they just don't care," laments Woodward. "They know that this product is dangerous. They know it is putting people in the hospital, but their answer is ‘I'm just selling incense, potpourri or bath salts. What these kids are doing is their problem.'"

Those caught selling the illegal packets for illegal use can be subject to a felony charge.