The DEA has just released new information in the nationwide sting now revealed as Operation Logjam. Some of the initial numbers are staggering:
1. Over 36 million in cash has been seized from all around the nation
2. 4.8 million packets of synthetic products
3. 91 arrests throughout the nation
4. 265 warrants in 90 cities in 30 states.
5. 29 manufacturing facilities.
5. 53 weapons found
Officials say this is the first of many stings that will occur. The DEA confirms that the raids are part of a nation-wide crackdown on numerous "head shops."
70,00 special agents in the US and the primary goal is to investigate illegal activites regarding drug possession and more.
Utica Police, as well as, other law enforcement officials could be seen inside Tebb's Head Shop on Genesee Street conducting what appeared to be an illegal substance raid.
Eyewitness News was on scene and tried grabbing video from inside the business, but was prevented by a police officer who obscured our reporter. Police indicate that their actions may have been to ensure the investigation/raid was not compromised.
Sgt. Steve Hauck confirmed that there was an operation that took place in Utica but could not release details where or when it occurred.
The initiative, called Operation Log Jam, took place in more than 100 cities, DEA officials confirmed Thursday at a press conference.
Multiple media outlets around the nation released details of raids happening in their local areas. Affiliate, WSYR, in Syracuse confirms with Eyewitness News that raids have occurred in their area and even affiliate in Texas, KVIA, states that at least three raids are happening in El Paso Headshops, as well as surrounding areas.
Residents of Herkimer confirm they saw police enter the Tebb's in Herkimer and expressed satisfaction at the drug raid "finally happening."
The campaign stems from federal legislation recently passed banning multiple chemicals used to manufacture synthetic drugs.
The White House did not return an inquiry made by Eyewitness News.
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