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Postal inspectors crack down on synthetic drugs

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A pile of bath salts seized by Greenville County deputies in October. (File/FOX Carolina) A pile of bath salts seized by Greenville County deputies in October. (File/FOX Carolina)
ST. PAUL, MN (AP/FOX Carolina) -

U.S. postal inspectors are cracking down on synthetic drug shipments in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, some of which came from the Upstate.

Both states recently passed laws that ban certain chemicals found in synthetic marijuana and stimulants. The Star Tribune reports the Postal Inspection Service has seized more than two dozen shipments from South Carolina, Texas and Nevada. Postal inspectors in St. Paul have jurisdiction in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

An early target of the law appears to be a Hoffman man who received shipments of synthetic drugs, some of which came from WTF Herbals, of Houston, Texas. A spokesman for the company, Justin Patterson, said Sunday he believed his products were legal in every state. Patterson says he's recalling all shipments to Minnesota and will make no further sales in the state.

According to the Tribune, Richard Jacobs, 37, of Hoffman, MN, purchased several packages of synthetic drugs from Southern Burn, a South Carolina firm. He pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor and was sentenced to a year in jail.

Jacobs' attorney told the Tribune that his client would have fought the synthetic drug charges on constitutional grounds because when Jacobs ordered the bath salts, they were still legal to possess in Minnesota, but Jacobs was already serving time on another charge.

According to the Tribune, since July, postal inspectors have filed at least 14 more search warrants related to packages of synthetic drugs shipped from Greenville, SC, from Southern Burn and another South Carolina company called Revolution Distribution.

Whoever shipped the drugs listed the same UPS Store as a return address on shipments, the Tribune reported.

Synthetic drugs including bath salts and fake marijuana were also banned in South Carolina.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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