LEBANON, Mo. -- A nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs targets some businesses here in the Ozarks. It comes just weeks after a federal crackdown began on synthetic drugs like bath salts.
Officers raided at least two stores in Lebanon: Jefferson Package and Lucky's Novelties.
Authorities confirm they were looking for synthetic drugs like bath salts and other synthetic copycat narcotics, which are now illegal.
Police, Laclede County sheriff's deputies, and DEA agents told us synthetic drugs of some sort were found at Lucky's. We're told agents sent in undercover agents who were able to purchase these drugs. The police department issued a warrant to get the store shut down and assets seized.
Investigators also found synthetic marijuana at the Jefferson Package liquor store.
Similar raids are going on at retail shops like these across the country. There are reports from several states as far away as New Mexico and New York. Here in Missouri, we know that at least two shops were targeted in St. Joseph.