Jul 3, 2014 7:45 PM by Akeam Ashford
Agents with the Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force have executed a search warrant at a Lafayette business called Purple Clouds this afternoon. It's located at 2508 Johnston Street, near Cajundome Boulevard. According to one officer on the scene, they are enforcing an emergency order issued by the DHH secretary today that adds two new synthetic marijuana compounds to the "banned" list. Police say they did find some of the illegal drugs and an arrest was made.
Police tell us they went to the store after reports that customers had been hospitalized with hallucinations and seizures after purchasing the drugs.
Yesterday, police say they arrested two people accused of selling synthetic marijuana in the 100 block of Banks Street in Lafayette.
Today, DHH announced "Train Wreck 2", FUB-AMB (methyl (1-(4-fluorobenzyl)-1 H-indazole-3-carbonyl)valinate) has been added to the schedule of Controlled Dangerous Substances after consultation with state and local health and law enforcement officials. Also added to the schedule of Controlled Dangerous Substances is "Kali Berry 2", 5-fluoro-AMB ((S)- methyl 2- (1- (5- fluoropentyl)- 1H- indazole- 3- carboxamido)- 3- methylbutanoate). Both compounds will be considered Schedule 1 controlled substances.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, synthetic cannabinoids, which were first reported in the United States in 2009, are both dangerous and addictive, with health risks including:
Severe agitation, anxiety and paranoia;
Fast, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure;
Nausea and vomiting;
Muscle spasms, seizures, and tremors;
Intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes; and
Suicidal and other harmful thoughts and/or actions.
These drugs are untested, have no known medicinal value and as such there is no accepted dose. The pharmacology and toxicity of these substances is mostly unknown. Poison Control Centers have received over 17,000 calls related to synthetic cannabinoids since 2010.