Op Red Tide targets synthetic drug dealing, possible terror funding convenience store owners in Alabama

June 9, 2014

Money from synthetic marijuana and other drugs being sold at Alabama gas stations and convenience stores owned by Middle Eastern men is going back to Yemen and other terrorist hotspots.  This is happening in other states as well, and the feds are cracking down on it through ‘Project Synergy.’

From the Alabama Media Group last month (h/t to El Grillo for sending in related news):

Raids across Alabama and U.S. today target designer drugs, possible terrorist funds

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Massive raids are underway today throughout Jefferson County, Alabama and the U.S.

The raids, part of an ongoing operation dubbed Project Synergy, are being carried out by DEA, targeting designer synthetic drugs. “These are clearly made for human consumption and it’s poison,” said Rusty Payne, a DEA spokesman in Washington D.C. The Alabama portion of the raids are being called Operation Red Tide.

Local law enforcement officials, assisted by DEA agents, are going to convenience stores and head shops across the country where the drugs are sold. They include eight classes of drugs, ranging from stimulants to hallucinogens. In the past five years, DEA has identified between 200 and 300 new designer drugs.

At least six locations in Jefferson County – and as many as a dozen – are to be hit today, authorities said. As many as 200 are expected to be visited across the country…

…Payne said there is more to the raids than drug interdiction. Authorities believe some of the owners of these stores send profits from the sale of these drugs back to their homes in Yemen, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, as well as other countries.

“We believe it’s a matter of national security,” he said.

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