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Cincinnati CBP Officers Seize 40 Pounds of Synthetic Marijuana Compound

By buseman, Aug 20, 2010 | Updated: Aug 21, 2010 | | |
  1. buseman
    Cincinnati — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Cincinnati DHL express consignment operation seized over 40 pounds of the synthetic marijuana compound JWH-018 last week.

    The 40 pounds were comprised of three shipments coming from China destined for a location in Texas. JWH-018 is one of the compounds used in manufacturing the controversial synthetic marijuana known as K2, Afghan Incense, Spice, Demon and Genie.

    Samples of synthetic marijuana seized by CBP Cincinnati being tested by the CBP Laboratory and Scientific Services in Chicago.

    The CBP examination revealed an unidentifiable white powder in Ziploc bags, concealed within outer bags made of foil which was consistent with past interdictions of synthetic designer drugs.

    CBP Laboratory and Scientific Services in Chicago confirmed the material was JWH-018 and estimated that one gram of synthetic marijuana contains one-tenth of a percent of JWH-018, which means over 400 pounds of synthetic marijuana could be produced using the seized shipments.

    JWH-018 originated at Clemson University, where researchers developed synthetic cannabinoids in an effort to create therapeutic drugs but can also mimic the narcotic effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

    The original developers have said that the effects in humans have not been studied and could very well be toxic. Side effects can include elevated heart rates, paranoia, vomiting and hallucinations.

    Using synthetic marijuana is extremely dangerous. You have no idea what you're ingesting, said Brian Humphrey, acting CBP director of field operations in Chicago.

    These CBP seizures are a great example of our officers and Laboratory and Scientific Services working together to identify and seize substances that could harm our community.

    CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at the express consignment facilities located throughout the country.

    CBP constantly conducts enforcement operations on international parcels and on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the U.S.


    Wednesday, August 18, 2010


  1. divinemomentsoftruth
    But JWH-018 is legal in Ohio as well as most cities in Texas; where was it going in Texas? This would make sense if the bust had occurred just miles away south of the Ohio river in Kentucky where a ban HAS been imposed. Had the JWH-018 just entered Ohio from Kentucky, or maybe trying to enter Kentucky when it was seized? Is anyone going to be prosecuted for this?

    Swim guesses when it comes down to it law enforcement just do as they please..
  2. Terrapinzflyer
    while jwh-018 is NOT controlled under the Controlled Substances Act, it IS federally listed as a drug/chemical of concern. While I have never been able to find an exact explanation of what this means legally, it is my understanding that it can be seized by federal officers and it is then up to the owner to prove that its possession is legitimate (ie: not being used for an illegal purpose) .

    Really no different from the end user having their package seized at customs and getting a "love letter".

    It remains to be seen if it could be sucessfully prosecuted under the analog act- seems neither side is too eager to test that out...
  3. leyesnvideo
    Thanks for the very interesting article. Obviously a producer of at least a regional blend.
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