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Few Synthetic Drugs Turned Into Police During Grace Period

The Indiana State Police had a grace period for retailers to turn in synthetic drugs, but only a few took advantage of the service.

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The Indiana legislature passed a law banning synthetic drugs that are often sold as "bath salts" or '"stain remover."

Only a “handful” of synthetic drugs were turned in to Indiana State Police during the grace period. A new state law has made it illegal to sell or possess K2 or Spice and similar products, but police offered an opportunity last week for anyone to drop off these synthetic drugs at state police posts across the state without fear of prosecution.

Of the 14 state police posts, only 3 reported just a handful of any substances being turned in.

Indiana State Police Captain Dave Bursten says many retailers had probably already started selling down their stock of supplies while it was still legal. Bursten says it is now largely up to local police to target stores known for selling the substance.

If the State Police performed any undercover operations, he says they would neither confirm or deny it, but if they did conduct operations, they would buy the item and have it tested. If tests showed it was a banned substance, they would get a warrant then go back and arrest the clerk that sold the product.

“Beyond that we‘ll go after the retailer and start the process to revoke their retail license to sell and affect that puts them out of business and they lose their license for up to a year,” Bursten says.

Sgt. Curt Durnil in the ISP’s Bloomington office says if businesses are still trying to get rid of the product, he encourages them to call his office so the police can dispose of it.

“They are in possession of something that is illegal, but obviously if they want those to be destroyed in a proper way we don’t want anyone to just throw them away for flushing them down the toilet or anything like that,” he says.

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