Deputies make bath salt bust at Volusia County businesses

Volusia County drug ring was selling K2, bath salts, deputies say

Published On: May 30 2013 02:20:26 PM EDT   Updated On: May 30 2013 05:44:52 PM EDT
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -

Volusia County authorities say they have raided several businesses in the county that were selling and distributing synthetic drugs.

Authorities say the organization, which was operating out of New Smyrna Beach was importing drugs like K2 and bath salts from China and Canada and then distributing them around the U.S. to different buyers.

Several businesses were connected to the illegal operation, including  LAD Enterprises in New Smyrna Beach, deputies said. Others included a Texaco station in Ormond Beach and a bath salt distribution center operating out of two units in an industrial park in Edgewater, according to deputies.

The operation is believed to have generated profits of several hundred thousand dollars in the past few months. Investigators say they seized 6,700 grams of synthetic drugs during the investigation -- including a substance called Star Dust, another 50 pounds of drugs and approximately $80,000 in cash from the organization.

Fourteen people have been arrested on Thursday, including Lorraine Kennelly, co-owner of LAD Enterprises and believed to be the organization’s ringleader. Several of her employees also were arrested on Thursday, along with her husband and sister-in-law.

“Let’s hope that the people out there seeing this will realize we’re coming after you,” Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said. “If you want to continue to sell these elicit drugs, we are going to come after you.”

The raid was the result of a seven-month operation, called "Operation Tinker Bell." Attorney General Pam Bondi joined Johnson, along with other law enforcement officials to announce the results at a news conference.

Bondi called the busts one of the largest of its kind in the state.

“Shame on the businesses who are selling this junk to our kids,” said Bondi.

The arrestees and their charges are as follows: