Volusia County deputies crack down on synthetic drug materials

More than 170 businesses affected by ban, deputies say

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Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, outlawed 22 chemicals that are commonly used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs like Scooby Snax, Cloud Nine and Mr. Happy

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is putting a stop to Scooby Snax--and 22 chemicals commonly used to make synthetic drugs like Cloud Nine and  Mr. Happy.

In an emergency order enacted by the state last month, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office recently organized inspections at more than 170 businesses around the county, including convenience stores, smoke shops, and liquor stores.

The business owners were reminded of the new law and the penalty for selling or possessing the banned products -- a 5-year prison sentence and fine of up to $5,000.

The 15 businesses owners that were found in violation of the new law were told that this would be their one and only warning.

The ban is a part of an ongoing effort to rid the community of synthetic drugs known as K2, Spice, bath salts and herbal potpourri that have resulted in users ending up in emergency rooms all over the country. The consumption of the drugs has been known to cause hallucinations, seizures, tremors, nausea, panic attacks and even psychotic episodes.

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