Synthetic Drug Bust in Las Vegas Area
Posted on Aug 05, 2012
On July 25, 2012, local drug dealers learned exactly how serious Nevada and the Federal government are taking their ban on illegal synthetic drugs, when a Las Vegas SWAT team and DEA investigators executed a sweeping drug bust in a Henderson building.
These drugs are known as "spice", "bath salts", "incense" and other seemingly innocent names, but they are actually forms of synthetic drugs that were made illegal by President Obama in July this year. These substances were easily obtained through online sales or by purchasing them from local smoke shops and other businesses.
Despite their very recent classification as an illegal substance by the Federal government, Nevada actually made the possession or sale of these substances illegal in mid- February. Nevada joined the ranks of 33 other states that have already illegalized synthetic drugs. And as last week's drug bust shows, government authorities are taking the sale of these substances very seriously.
Despite the crackdown taking place on the sale of these synthetic drugs, they continue to be easily found and purchased around the Las Vegas area. The reason for this is because manufacturers of these substances are able to slightly change the formulas they use in hopes that they can escape an illegal drug classification.
Possession or sale of synthetic drugs is comparable to the possession or sale of your typical illegal narcotics in the sense that all of the same criminal defenses apply. In addition to these classic defenses, numerous other defenses exist for those being charged under these new laws, and a criminal defense attorney can use the uncertainties inherent in a new body of law to help those being accused of crimes related to it.
People who have arrested and criminally charged with crimes related to synthetic drug possession, sale or trafficking are being strongly urged to seek consultation with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.
Call Hawkins, Boley and AlDabbagh for a free consultation today, at 702-435-3333.