11 indicted for organized crime in synthetic drug case

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

June 1, 2012 at 1:01 a.m.
Updated June 2, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.

At least 11 people were indicted on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and manufacturing and/or delivering controlled substances.

Five stores, most novelty businesses, were raided on April 9 as law enforcement searched for synthetic drugs, said District Attorney Steve Tyler.

Tyler also plans to go after the suppliers of those synthetic drugs, even those out-of-state, he said.

"Some of this stuff (synthetic drugs) is mind-altering," he said. "It's very dangerous."

The names of the indicted were not available Friday evening.

About 60 members of the Victoria Police Department and Victoria County Sheriff's Office simultaneously raided the Smoke N Rock, 6412 N. Navarro St.; Needful Things, 3608 N. Laurent St.; Cracker Barrel, 112 Sam Houston Drive; and the two locations of D&D Novelties at 1706 Houston Highway and 9501 N. Navarro St.

The drugs, which included synthetic marijuana and bath salts, which is like synthetic cocaine, were all confiscated and taken to a lab.



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