by: Tom Regan Updated:DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said its crime lab discovered a new drug similar to LSD.
"We have seen drugs that are like synthetic LSD, likened to LSD," said GBI Chemistry Section Manager Nelly Miles. "They're chemicals that are put on sugar cubes and paper just like LSD. One variation of it was recently outlawed."
Miles told Channel 2 Action News that GBI chemists also discovered a new form of synthetic marijuana that evades the controlled substance ban. The GBI notified state officials, who added the compound to the list of illegal cannabinoid formulas, allowing officers to seize it.
It is the first variation discovered since a broader synthetic marijuana law took effect in January.
"There's only one new chemical that we've seen," said Miles. "There are possibilities of new chemicals in other states, it's just not been seen by the GBI crime lab."
GBI officials said stricter enforcement has helped reduced manufacture and sale of synthetic marijuana in Georgia.
"Unfortunately, it's still sold on the internet," said Miles. "It's still accessible. But not nearly as prevalent."
The Centers for Disease Control recently linked synthetic marijuana to kidney failure and the GBI attributed two deaths in Georgia to synthetic marijuana.