Indiana announces crackdown on sale of illegal synthetic drugs

Indiana announces crackdown on sale of illegal synthetic drugs

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Indiana announces crackdown on sale of illegal synthetic drugs

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on September 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Indiana lawmakers announced Thursday they are taking steps to eliminate sale of the illegal synthetic drugs known as bath salts and spice.

State agencies issued a statewide notice detailing penalties for violating the state's tougher new synthetic drug law. They're also asking retailers to sign an agreement not to sell synthetic drugs.

The Marion County prosecutor said Indianapolis police hand delivered warning letters to retailers that sell the drugs.

"We're not going to pick and choose, we're going to put all retailers on notice where it's potential to sell these items," Terry Curry, Marion County prosecutor, said.

The new crackdown starts this week, but state officials said there is a possibility of stronger state laws next year.

"The ultimate sanction is to take away your commercial retail license, so you're out of business," Greg Zoeller, Indiana attorney general, said.

The approach is modeled after a similar program in Illinois.

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