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Troopers Visit More Than 3,500 Stores for K2, Synthetic Drugs Awareness Campaign

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The Michigan State Police (MSP) has announced troopers have visited more than 3,500 retail stores statewide since late June as part of the department’s efforts to raise awareness that it is illegal to buy, sell or possess K2 or other synthetic drugs.

“There is nothing OK, legal or safe about synthetic drugs like K2, and the Michigan State Police is taking a zero tolerance approach to enforcement,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “While those who choose to break the law can expect enforcement action, we are pleased to report that the majority of businesses are true partners in this effort and chose to comply voluntarily.”

During visits at thousands of establishments, troopers found voluntary compliance by most retailers; however, approximately 140 cases across the state are pending further investigation at this time.

For example, an MSP detective received a tip concerning synthetic drugs being sold at a retail store in Menominee County that subsequently led to the arrest of four employees and the seizure of nearly 600 packets of synthetic drugs. In another instance, an employee of a retail store in Crawford County proactively contacted an MSP multijurisdictional narcotics team to turn over a quantity of synthetic drugs that was being sold after the law had taken effect. Further investigation into both these cases is ongoing.

Anyone who suspects a retailer is selling designer drugs such as K2 or bath salts are encouraged to report it by calling the MSP tip line at 1-855-MICH-TIP (642-4847). In cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, the MSP will investigate all leads and tips submitted.

For more information on the law and these drugs, visit www.michigan.gov/DesignerDrugs.

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