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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Raids were carried out across Alabama today as part of a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs, commonly called "Spice".

A total of 28 warrants were served across 10 alabama counties today. Thirty eight people were arrested, 200 pounds of synthetic drugs seized and $500,000 in cash and bank accounts were confiscated.  

Here in Jefferson County, we know at least six businesses or homes were raided. At one location, law enforcement agents uncovered packages of "Spice" and a large amount of cash. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration says they were able to link this and other raids in Jefferson County to a large-scale drug trafficking organization that's funneling money to Middle Eastern countries - which is something law enforcement agencies find alarming.

"Historically, DEA has uncovered huge international investigations that have led us to the knowledge and the proof that drug trafficking organizations are being relied on by terror networks for financing," Payne explained.

The raids wrapped up by the afternoon, but Payne believes the evidence collected today will likely lead to more raids in the coming days. 

We were able to obtain a copy of all the evidence that was collected from this texaco gas station. No where on the list is synthetic drugs or "Spice" listed.

We do know at least one person was arrested from here today. That person, and the others arrested today, will face state drug charges.  

According to the DEA, these synthetic drugs, or "Spice" as they're called, are often marketed as harmless products - but in fact, spice can be very harmful.  

"They're nothing more than poisons that are used for nothing more than human consumption. There's no industry use, there's no research purpose, no medical use for them. They're manufactured in rogue labs in China to get people high. And so we're being used as guinea pigs," DEA Spokesperson Rusty Payne said.

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