STOCKTON (CBS13) — Federal agents raided two warehouses on Wednesday as part of a national crackdown on designer drugs.
Fake synthetic drugs known as K-2 and Spice that are widely available to teens were found at the warehouses in Stockton and Milbrae linked to an alleged multi-million dollar operation.
Federal investigators say drugs from the warehouses were shipped to stores in the Central Valley and 47 other states.
Similar raids took place in 29 states as drug agents targeted the makers and distributors of synthetic drugs known as spice, K-2 and herbal incense.
“Good parents are losing good kids because they tried it once or twice and now they are dead,” said Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne.
Agents made more than 150 arrests, including 32-year-old Timothy New, who was named in the criminal complaint as the person in charge of the Stockton warehouse with a company name of Zen Bio. He was charged along with three others with manufacture and distribution.
Marketed under the named bizarro, posh, and orgazmo, agents say the drugs were distributed to a stuffed pipe smoke shop in the Central valley, as well as in convenience stores.
New and the others face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Investigators believe the synthetic drug trade also has manufacturing ties to China, and that drug profits are being funneled to the Middle East.