Dealers of Synthetic Drugs in Florida Easily Get Products Online From China

Dealers of synthetic drugs have no trouble ordering their products online, the Miami Herald reports. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and simple money transfers to receive the drugs from China.

Online ordering is replacing the need for traditional smuggling tools, the article notes. Instead, dealers use the U.S. Postal Service or well-known parcel shipping companies.

“There is no typical drug dealer anymore,” South Florida’s U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer told the newspaper. “It’s easy to get access to this stuff. It’s less dangerous and less risky. These new drug dealers are using the Internet, and all they need is a runner to go intercept the package from overseas.”

Chemists in China are constantly changing formulas for synthetic drugs such as bath salts, flakka, Molly or Spice, to stay one step ahead of U.S. drug laws. Lab tests reveal these drugs can contain unknown substances that can be deadly.

“They’re way ahead of us,” Kevin Stanfill, Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Miami Field Division, said of the Chinese synthetic drug distributors. “They watch the news; they see the reports. It’s ever changing, and we have to change with the times.”

Flakka has hit Florida hard, and has been spreading to states including Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. People using the drug suffer bouts of extreme paranoia. Flakka, also known as gravel, is highly addictive.

South Florida officials are also concerned about the illegal version of the painkiller fentanyl, which is mixed with heroin or sold as synthetic heroin. The drug has been found in 52 overdose cases in Miami-Dade County in the past year.

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    September 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Flakka is not highly addictive, and this has been proven repeatedly. DPA has been doing good work on the issue. However it is certainly poisonous and not fit for human consumption. Poor people and homeless people use it because it is cheap and available. This is an argument for legalizing weed, which is generally harmless. And even if it’s a ‘gateway drug’ to flakka (which it’s not) at least they’ll live longer and have a chance to improve their lives before getting addicted to flakka and dying. If the DEA cracks down on these drugs then the Chinese suppliers will just make more dangerous and toxic drugs and more people will die. Is that what you want?

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