Dania Beach Bans Synthetic Drugs

Dania Beach is the latest city to carry out the ban

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    Several boxes of these packets were seized from the Escondido office park Wednesday afternoon.

    Dania Beach is the latest city to ban synthetic drugs in South Florida, the Sun Sentinel reported.

    City commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the ban on bath salts and synthetic marijuana, the newspaper said.

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    Under the ordinance, those found with synthetic drugs can face fines of $500 and spend up to 60 days in jail.

    The ban on the substances comes on the heels of the face-eating attack on the MacArthur Causeway over Memorial Day Weekend that had several experts speculating the attacker, Rudy Eugene, was on bath salts.

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    Two Palm Beach County homes were busted as part of a nationwide effort to crack down on the synthetic drug trade. The busts in South Florida and around the country are focusing on the manufacturers, distributors and sellers of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. DEA administrator Michele Leonhart said any person trafficking the drugs can expect to spend up to 20 years in jail.

    His toxicology report, though, showed only marijuana in his stomach.

    Cities such as Sunrise and Sweetwater have also banned synthetic drugs.

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