DEA raids ‘warehouse synthetic pot lab'

by: Tom Regan Updated:

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CHAMBLEE, Ga. - Federal agents swarmed a warehouse in Chamblee on Wednesday, busting up what they called a multi-million dollar operation to process and package synthetic marijuana.

Agents seized dozens of sacks of herbal product both mixed with a synthetic cannabanoid drug powder and unmixed.

"If all the leaves had been prepared and ready to go, it would be probably be somewhere in the range of ten million dollars in value," said DEA Atlanta Agent in Charge Harry Sommers.

Channel 2's Tom Regan was among those attending a news conference where investigators displayed seized evidence, which also included processing equipment, guns, and cash.

The raid was part of a nationwide crackdown on synthetic pot manufacturers and distributors Wednesday called "Operation Log Jam." Nearly 100 people were arrested, and authorities seized more than 30 million packets of synthetic pot and synthetic cocaine sometimes referred to as "bath salts."

At least two deaths in Georgia have been attributed to synthetic marijuana, which also has sent dozens to metro Atlanta emergency rooms.

The crackdown is aimed as a deterrent to manufacturers and sellers of synthetic marijuana.  Four men were arrested in connection with the Chamblee raid.