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Drug Agents Announce Largest-Ever Synthetic Drug Takedown

The Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners today announced enforcement operations in 35 states.
WASHINGTON, DC- A major push to tackle synthetic drugs has netted dozens of arrests across the country and around the world today, including in Arkansas.

Law Enforcement Officials are targeting designer synthetic drugs in an operation called Project Synergy.

Enforcement operations are taking place in 35 states.

Local authorities have announced five arrests in connection with Project Synergy.

A federal complaint charges 36-year-old Amjad Kattom, 34-year-old Sahar Kattom, 34-year-old Yousef Qattoum, 50-year-old Abdul Aziz Farishta, and 20-year-old Adam Kattoum with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and possession.

Police are looking for 23-year-old Eassa Rawashdeh, who was also charged.

These series of enforcement actions included retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.

Project Synergy began in December of 2012.

Since then, more than 75 arrests have been made and nearly $15 million in cash and assets have been seized, all leading up to today’s global take-down.

Today, law enforcement executed over 150 arrest warrants and nearly 375 search warrants in 35 states, 49 cities and five countries.

During the past three days, over 550 kilograms of synthetic drugs were seized in a joint operation with Customs and Border Protection aimed at international shipments of synthetic drugs.

Project Synergy was coordinated by the DEA’s Special Operations Division.

In addition, law enforcement in Australia, Barbados, Panama, and Canada participated, as well as countless state and local law enforcement members.

Designer synthetic drugs are often marketed as herbal incense, bath salts, jewelry cleaner, or plant food, and have caused significant abuse, addiction, overdoses, and emergency room visits, according to the DEA.


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