A raid led to over 90 arrests and seizure of millions of packets of incense by federal officials. The material is currently being tested to determine if it contains any illegal substances that would allow U.S. prosecutors to charge the group with federal drug trafficking. The product is often referred to by law enforcement and other government officials as synthetic marijuana, though it may be nothing of the sort.
The DEA has many tools available to it in its investigations of suspected drug crimes. Last week, the DEA demonstrated one of its more powerful tools, its emergency power. It used this power to place a temporary ban on a product called synthetic marijuana. Due to this ban, this product is now subject to federal drug possession and trafficking laws.