Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced that Christian County was the latest stop in her ongoing “Operation Smoked Out” initiative aimed at ridding illegal synthetic drugs from Illinois stores. A total of 1,743 packages of products worth $52,732 were relinquished by four retailers this week in Taylorville and Kincaid.
Taylorville Police, Christian County Sheriff’s Department and the Central Illinois Enforcement Group joined investigators from Madigan’s office in the sweeps to determine if retailers were selling banned synthetic marijuana products.
- Route Mart, 120 W. Park St. – 88 packages relinquished.
- Amity Food Mart, 630 W. Spresser – 800 packages relinquished.
- First Class Liquors, 101 S. Walnut – 392 packages relinquished.
- Kincaid Phillips 66, 400 Springfield Road – 463 packages relinquished.
States, including Illinois, initially responded to the rise of synthetic drug use by passing laws that banned specific formulas of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. Drug makers attempted to sidestep these laws by replacing the banned chemicals with new formulas. A new Illinois law that went into effect on Jan.1 takes a broader approach and bans all chemicals that are structural derivatives of the previously-banned chemicals.