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Battle against synthetic drugs continues

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AMARILLO - Three area smoke shops are still selling synthetic marijuana according to one area organization.

Impact Futures is calling out three local businesses they say are selling dangerous drugs. They say they have a new reason for the community to take action against them.

For those passionate about cracking down on synthetic drugs, it's no longer just about the health risks involved. The Drug Enforcement Administration revealed last month its operation to stop the flow of money generated by synthetic drugs back to countries in the Middle East and else where.

Project Synergy has resulted in more than $51 million of seized drugs.

Saturday protesters gathered outside three area smoke shops to inform people not only of how drugs like K2 and bath salts can affect your body, but where the money might be going.

"Really and truly the money from the sale of synthetics and K2 goes to the Middle East," protester Wendy Vandenboogerde said. "I don't know how much that will affect if people decide to buy it. But that money does go to the Middle East."

The DEA has yet to raid any Amarillo retailers or dealers. But as a mother of a recovering addict, Amber Wise doesn't think the community should wait for the feds to fix an ongoing problem.

"It hits very close to home, I have a 19 year old son who's been addicted to synthetics now for about  five years," Wise said.

Wise says her son started to use synthetic drugs after being put on juvenile probation for smoking marijuana, but the synthetic drugs that he bought in Amarillo shops turned out to be more trouble than actual marijuana.

"I know that he frequented V&M and Planet X," Wise said.
 
Impact Futures hope that if young people know that their choices could be fueling potential terrorists, they might think twice about buying these chemical infused drugs.

V&M on Southwest 10th Street, Planet X on Bell Street, and 34th Street Discount are the three stores Impact Futures says are still selling synthetic drugs.  

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