EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSYNTHETIC DRUG SUIT
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State Aims To Ban Synthetic Drug Manufacturer From W.Va.
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Apr. 30, 2012 5:53 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
A major crackdown on synthetic drugs, the Attorney General is now getting involved and going after one manufacturer. The suit is the first of its kind.
The problem with bath salts and synthetic marijuana is growing so the state is trying this different route to fight it, the suit could mean a big financial penalty and ban the company from doing business in West Virginia.
The synthetic drugs were banned in West Virginia but police say people are still finding ways to get them and get high. The Metro Drug Unit found a large haul of the drugs in Putnam County. Now the Attorney General's office is involved and working to go after the manufacturer of the drugs, a company called Nutragenomics out of Georgia.
The AG's office has filed a civil lawsuit that aims to ban the company which they say sells the synthetic drugs on three different web-sites as chemicals. The Attorney General's powers are limited but they're going after the drug manufacturer just like they do other companies, filing suit claiming the synthetic drug manufacturer is engaging in "unfair and deceptive practices" because the drugs are advertised as legal and safe when officials say they're not.
The assistant attorney general says if the suit is successful, they'll go after other manufacturers.
In addition to banning the company, the lawsuit also requests the company identify all the recipients of the drugs in West Virginia.
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