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Metro East authorities crack down on synthetic marijuana, 'bath salts'

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Illinois (KMOV) -- Authorities in St. Clair County say they've raided more than a dozen businesses as part of a crackdown on synthetic drugs.

State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says there were at least 13 targeted sites, ranging from convenience and liquor stores to smoke shops.

The warrants were being executed at three stores in East St. Louis, four in Belleville and one in Mascoutah, Cahokia, Fairview Heights, Collinsville and Caseyville.

"There is nothing recreational about these insidious drugs," said Kelly. "They are dangerous and deadly, and responsible retailers have no business keeping them on their shelves. If they won’t remove them, we will."

There's no immediate word on any arrests, though similar raids recently across Illinois produced no charges as long as retailers agreed not to sell the drugs again.

The synthetic drugs are chemicals coating plant materials to imitate marijuana, or mixed with powders to mimic cocaine or methamphetamine.

Illinois and other states have responded to synthetic drugs by banning specific formulas of the synthetic marijuana and so-called bath salts. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is pursuing legislation to clarify their status and significantly increase penalties.

These locations in St. Clair were subject to search warrants Tuesday :

Crown Food Mart
348 Collinsville Ave.
East St. Louis, IL

Dupo Fuel Mart
511 Falling Springs
Dupo, IL 62239

Crown Food Mart
306 River Park Dr.
East St. Louis, IL

Crown Food Mart
8301 State St.
East St. Louis, IL

Mobil Gas
9221 Beller Rd.
Mascoutah, IL 62258

Cahokia Liquor
527 Route 3
Cahokia, IL 62206

Sunshine Daydream
4618 N. Illinois
Fairview Heights, IL

Belleville West Discount Cigarettes
6007 West Main St.
Belleville, IL

Town & Country Liquor
1153 Centreville Ave.
Belleville, IL

Belleville Food Mart
1424 Centreville Ave.
Belleville, IL

Cheap Cigarettes
314 Sherman Ave.
Belleville, IL

Stop-N-Go
8700 Collinsville Rd.
Collinsville, IL 62234

Caseyville Mini-Mart
8805 Maple Ave.
Caseyville, IL

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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