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Synthetic drugs, "bath salts" shipments seized in western Wisconsin, Minn.

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UNDATED, WI (WTAQ) - Federal investigators have seized over two dozen shipments of synthetic drugs bound for western Wisconsin and neighboring Minnesota. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said the drugs came from Texas, South Carolina, Nevada, and places within Minnesota. The seizures were the result of laws passed in both Wisconsin and Minnesota which ban the sale-and-use of synthetic marijuana and related stimulants sold as “bath salts.” Those chemicals have been banned in both states since last July. Minnesota is now working on a follow-up bill to make prosecution easier. In one instance, the Star Tribune said shipments from a South Carolina firm went to various addresses in Tomah and Black River Falls, as well as to the Twin Cities and Rochester Minnesota. Postal inspectors in Saint Paul have jurisdiction over Minnesota and western Wisconsin. But postal inspection service spokesman Jeff Long would not comment on the investigations. Most probes remain active. Last week, 37-year-old Richard Jacobs of Hoffman Minnesota pleaded guilty in that state to a misdemeanor charge of possessing synthetic drugs. He was sentenced to a year in jail. His drugs came from a Houston firm called W-T-F Herbals. A spokesman for that company told the Star Tribune that he thought his products were legal in every state – and he’s recalling all shipments to Minnesota, and will not plan any more there.

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