Cops Take All Cash from Tobacco Store During Synthetics Raid

Published On June 29, 2013 | By CopBlock | Articles

An employee at Smokedale’s Oakdale (MN) location who didn’t want her name used said she was working when the raid happened Wednesday morning and was handcuffed with other employees while federal agents searched the store, seizing cash and what she referred to as an herbal remedy called “Dark Matter.”

“They took all our money from our safes and from our tills and I asked them, ‘What does this have to do with what you’re looking for?’ And he said it was relevant to the investigation,” she said.

The employee said none of the workers were taken into custody following the raid. More here.

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  • t.

    Oh course they took the money. You don’t leave the proceeds of illegal activity behind. You seize it as evidence until it gets worked out in court. Duh.

  • Adam Miller

    The stores are selling illegal substances of course they are going to take the money for evidence. More fucking bullshit from activists who plagarize media stories and then try to twist the stories around into something that isn’t there. Fucking cunts.

  • Mr. Bawkbagawk

    I am gonna do a bit more research on this one before i draw any conclusions. a quick google search on “dark matter herbal” came up with a pretty shady looking website.

    I also have a bit of trouble with an “herbal remedy” called dark anything.

    I ll get back to you.

  • HotAir

    Adam Miller, your opinion is irrelevant. You are an idiot.

  • Adam Miller

    Hotair – the fucking name fits you dink. Your opinion is irrelevant you stupid cunt. They were selling illegal drugs you dumb fuck. Maybe you like using them and fucking up your life but people are tired of these drugs fucking up children like you and your children because you don’t know how to be a parent. Fucking grow up cunt.

  • certain

    Income from this one product probably equates to a fraction of 1%, at most, of the stores total monthly cash intake.

    Only police logic (run amok with no constraints) would somehow feel justified in removing every last penny from the business as “evidence”.

    And they’re the good guys. LOL.

    And slaps, anger such as you display indicates huge issues, which in most cases can be traced to upbringing. Of course, you just might have gotten a bit too shallow in the old gene pool.

    But all that said, you are still the originator of “dick you cunt” which is the classic slaptavism that I enjoy so much.

  • Adam Miller

    certain – I’m glad you enjoy what I say. I’d be careful with the shallow gene pool thing. Your family tree is nothing but a straight post standing in shit.

  • adam miller

    sorry guys my penis dried up and fell off…this vag makes me say crazy things!!!

  • cody

    Adam Miller… you are an angry, pathetic person. You must have a tiny Dickensian or something. I’m thinking it’s you who has the poor family tree. When “fucking cunt” is all yup can thinly of to say, it truly reflects on your lack of smarts. You sir, are the poster child for LOSER ;-)

    Just FYI, I won’t be reading you reply seeing as how I can only imagine how childish it’ll be. Go see a therapist and deal with your shame issues.

  • steve

    i have to agree with t the cash is relevant to the evidence in the case. there could be marked bills or recorded serial numbers on bills used to buy the herbal remedies.this is normal when the feds rob you anyway . its stupid to sell that chemical laced shit.they go from city to city raiding for that shit when they have nothing better to do.

  • Adam Miller

    steve the liar. How do the feds rob you? These raids keep that shit off of the streets and out of kid’s hands. Look how fucked up you turned out to be. Do you think anyone wasnts that for their child. So you say the feds raid these stores when they have nothing else to do? WHat kind of a fucked up statements is that. Damn boy you are one really fucked up piece of shit. Liar

  • certain

    Better a straight post than a bestiality tainted fucking shrub, you goat fucking inbred tool.

  • Average Citizen

    The DEA needs to come in to a store with guns drawn to scare the heck out of innocent civilians?
    They know these people are not armed.
    They want to get the “dark herbal matter” how about walking in and buying it on a credit card.
    If it is illegal substance they can arrest the people who own the store later.
    This country is getting more and more wacked.

  • Adam Miller

    oh look it’s certain faggot. Still trying to be funny I see. You are not straight faggot. Obviously you want drugs on the street but normal people don’t. Of course the DEA is goign to come into a store with guns drawn. It’s a drug bust and the guy who was selling the drugs did it even though there is a law that says you can’t.

    Certain – I’m going out tonight with your dumb fucking $2 whore mother. Does she like missionary or doggy style? I figure since you molest her all the time you would know. I here she charges you $3. cunt

  • steve

    that synthetic pot is all over the country and it has serious side effects. from pulmonary to cardio also has caused death and serious psychological problems. it is more available than marijuana ,so it becomes very inticing to young people. i see it behind the counter in gas stations and liquor stores all over the country.they are constantly coming up with new formulas none of which are synthetic tetra hydro canibinol or even close. its poison.

  • steve

    adam miller is not your real name

  • certain

    Man, slaps, at least I come up with some different material now and then.

    In fact, I think you’re done with goats now. The goats all complain that they don’t even know if you’re coming or going anyway. It’s time we present your new name to the CB audience –

    Needle-dick, the bug fucker.

    But seriously, I don’t promote the use of any drugs, much less some bathtub shit somebody is making out of who knows what. But seizing all of the money as evidence is freaking bullshit. Call it what it is – we want our hands on the cash so when we levy fines and fees, we already have the money and don’t have to collect it.

  • Hah…

    Wow, add ‘homophobic Nazi’ to the list of A.M.’s desirable traits.

    You know the word ‘faggot’ was used to describe gay people because in the era where the burned them, they didn’t feel they were really worthy of their own stake, so they threw them on the wood pile with the other bundles of sticks (a.k.a. faggots).

    Really man, you’re not just killing your credibility, you’re sinking it, mafia style, to the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

  • steve

    they are also left without money for a lawyer.

  • Common Sense

    June 26, 2013
    Contact: DEA Public Affairs
    (202) 307-7977

    Updated Results From DEA’s Largest-Ever Global Synthetic Drug Takedown Yesterday

    Nationwide enforcement actions targeted dangerous new and emerging class of chemicals from overseas
    JUNE 27 (WASHINGTON) – Yesterday the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its law enforcement partners announced enforcement operations in 35 states targeting the upper echelon of dangerous designer synthetic drug trafficking organizations that have operated without regard for the law or public safety.

    These series of enforcement actions included retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. In addition, these investigations uncovered the massive flow of drug-related proceeds back to countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.

    Since Project Synergy began December 1 of 2012, more than 227 arrests were made and 416 search warrants served in 35 states, 49 cities and five countries, along with more than $51 million in cash and assets seized. Altogether, 9,445 kilograms of individually packaged, ready-to-sell synthetic drugs, 299 kilograms of cathinone drugs (the falsely labeled “bath salts”), 1,252 kilograms of cannabinoid drugs (used to make the so-called “fake pot” or herbal incense products), and 783 kilograms of treated plant material were seized.
    Project Synergy was coordinated by DEA’s Special Operations Division, working with the DEA Office of Diversion Control, and included cases led by DEA, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, and IRS. In addition, law enforcement in Australia, Barbados, Panama, and Canada participated, as well as countless state and local law enforcement members.

    “Shutting down businesses that traffic in these drugs and attacking their operations worldwide is a priority for DEA and our law enforcement partners,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “These designer drugs are destructive, dangerous, and are destroying lives. DEA has been at the forefront of the battle against this trend and is targeting these new and emerging drugs with every scientific, legislative, and investigative tool at our disposal.”

    “CBP and DEA enjoy a close working relationship that was further enhanced through the collaboration of the National Targeting Center and CBP officers in the field at express consignment hubs during this operation to target, test and detain shipments of synthetic drugs, as well as precursor herbs used to manufacture synthetic marijuana,” said CBP David Murphy, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Field Operations.

    “The criminals behind the importation, distribution and selling of these drugs have scant regard for human life in their reckless pursuit of illicit profits,” said Traci Lembke, HSI Deputy Assistant Director of Investigative Programs. “For criminal groups seeking to profit through the sale of illegal narcotics, the message is clear: we know how you operate; we know where you hide; and we will not stop until we bring you to justice.”

    “The harm inflicted by these designer drugs is matched only by the profit potential for those who sell them,” said Richard Weber, Chief, IRS-Criminal Investigation. “Today’s enforcement actions are the culmination of a multi-year effort in which IRS-CI worked with its domestic and global law enforcement partners to disrupt the flow of money – the lifeblood that allows these multi-million dollar organizations to proliferate.”

    “On behalf of the Australian Government, I congratulate the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Project Synergy. This is a significant seizure of synthetic drugs and is a terrific result for our respective law enforcement agencies. Australia remains committed to sharing intelligence with its U.S. partners to combat transnational crime across international borders. This is a win for our collective communities,” Australia’s Acting Ambassador to the United States, Graham Fletcher, said.

    Background on designer synthetic drugs

    Designer synthetic drugs are often marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner, or plant food, and have caused significant abuse, addiction, overdoses, and emergency room visits. Those who have abused synthetic drugs have suffered vomiting, anxiety, agitation, irritability, seizures, hallucinations, tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. They have caused significant organ damage as well as overdose deaths.

    Smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults, because they are easily available and, in many cases, they are more potent and dangerous than marijuana. These products consist of plant material that has been impregnated with dangerous psychoactive compounds that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Synthetic cannabinoids are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose. In 2012, a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported 11,406 emergency department visits involving a synthetic cannabinoid product during 2010. In a 2013 report, SAMHSA reported the number of emergency department visits in 2011 involving a synthetic cannabinoid product had increased 2.5 times to 28,531. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 5,205 calls related to human exposure of synthetic cannabinoids.

    For the past several years, there has also been a growing use of, and interest in, synthetic cathinones (stimulants/hallucinogens) sold under the guise of “bath salts” or “plant food.” Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” or “Bliss,” these products are comprised of a class of dangerous substances perceived to mimic cocaine, LSD, MDMA, and/or methamphetamine. Users have reported impaired perception, reduced motor control, disorientation, extreme paranoia, and violent episodes. The long-term physical and psychological effects of use are unknown but potentially severe. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 2,656 calls related to synthetic cathinone (“bath salts”) exposures in 2012 and overdose deaths have been reported as well.

    These products have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults and those who mistakenly believe they can bypass the drug testing protocols of employers and government agencies to protect public safety. They are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops, and over the Internet. However, they have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human consumption or for medical use, and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process.

    Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act

    While many of the designer drugs being marketed today that were seized as part of Project Synergy are not specifically prohibited in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the Controlled Substance Analogue Enforcement Act of 1986 (AEA) allows many of these drugs to be treated as controlled substances if they are proven to be chemically and/or pharmacologically similar to a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. A number of cases that are part of Project Synergy will be prosecuted federally under this analogue provision, which is being utilized to combat these new and emerging designer drugs.

    DEA has used its emergency scheduling authority to combat both synthetic cathinones (the so-called “bath salts” with names like Ivory Wave, etc.) and synthetic cannabinoids (the so-called incense products like K2, Spice, etc.), temporarily placing several of these dangerous chemicals into Schedule I of the CSA. Congress has also acted, permanently placing 26 substances into Schedule I of the CSA in 2012.

  • Adam Miller

    certain, you and steve are obvioulsy born from the same $2 whore you call a mother. You spout off all of this bullshit. You take everything I have pointed out or words I have used to use them for yourself? You are pathetic. You mom really did tell me she is tired of washing gerbil shit out of your underwaer. Is that how you want to be known the rest of your life? Certain Gerbil Jamming. You can’t even use your real name. You hide behind some bullshit fucking name and I use my real name. You are a pathetic piece of shit cunt.

    Hey liar steve, I gave you my name and openly use it and you have nothing better to fucking do then to say it isn’t my name? Wow, you really live on the edge don’t you liar? Why don’t you post your full name. I do. Go fuck yourself liar.

  • steve

    eat your own crap , your name is not adam miller,your the liar and fowl mouth on this site.i couldn’t help myself when i discovered that was not your real i.d.

  • Keith

    I live 30 minutes from that store, and there are many like it here in the Twin Cities. The “Dark Matter” is just like dozens and dozens of other “herbal incense”. It’s synthetic weed. These raids are old news here in MN and this store, especially this clerk should figure a way to get their heads out of their asses, as they had to know they were going to get raided as every other head shop from Duluth to Rochester has been raided in the past 2 years. Anyway, since that product is illegal, they have not only the right, but the obligation to sieze the money, as it is/may be proceeds from a crime. Very cut and dry, nothing to see here other than a dumb ass business that could learn from hundreds of their peers who had been busted.

  • Adam Miller

    Oh look, it’s steve the fucking liar going on about my name over and over. Hilarious. I see you named a gerbil after your mommy. Does that go up your ass better then your mom did? Can you imagine the horror that your mom must have felt when she took that last breath nowing you are a fucking lying gerbil jammer. How fucking sad liar.

  • Roxy

    come on guys lets play nice. Its no need to come at each other like that!! Now I say we all sit down and have a drink of our choice and chill with Netflix.

  • Ariel

    Roxy,

    If you in any way included AM on that drink and Netflix movie you will get: the drink thrown in your face, you’ll be called a cunt (he makes no distinction by sex), and he’ll criticize every scene in the movie while calling you a cunt for making him watch the movie. He will ask for another drink so he can throw it in your face, call you a cunt, and criticize every scene in the movie while calling you a cunt for making him watch the movie. When you get him the next drink, well you get the idea….

    Some guys can’t play nice any more than the scorpion won’t sting the frog. Don’t be French.