Video: Link between synthetic drugs and terrorism?

posted at 10:41 am on May 8, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Those prosecuting the war on drugs, especially its international angles, often remind people that the profits amount to blood money thanks to the murderous cartels that profit from it. Federal officials conducted raids in 29 states yesterday in pursuit of illegal trade in synthetic drugs, and claims that at least smoke shop supported terrorism of a much different and dangerous kind:

In a nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs, federal agents conducted raids in 29 states Wednesday. Authorities suspect a link between the drugs and terror groups.

Though they are sold at retail shops and online, these drugs are very dangerous. In 2011, there were close to 29,000 emergency room visits related to synthetic drug products. Laced with unknown chemicals, the majority of these drugs are manufactured in China. …

In one smoke shop in Birmingham, Alabama, agents also discovered wire transfers totaling more than $38 million to Yemen, furthering a suspicion that drug profits are funding overseas terrorist organizations. This bust now will give federal agents a chance to follow the money trail.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said, “I don’t want to say 100 percent definitively that this is financing terror, but we have a pretty good idea of where this money is going. That should alarm people.”

One smoke shop based at what looks like a gasoline station sent wire transfers to Yemen totaling $38 million? And it took a DEA probe into synthetic drugs to discover it? I’d guess that this is more of a commentary on our pursuit of the war on terror than the war on drugs. How many other fronts in the US — perhaps with more legal cover businesses — are sending that kind of cash to Yemen, of all places?

There are plenty of good reasons to track the distribution of illegal substances from outside the US through channels here, including the ability to dismantle the violent cartels that produce them. Some of this loose cash may indeed be pocketed by al-Qaeda and its affiliates and allies, but perhaps we should be looking for those channels for their own purposes.


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Federal officials conducted raids in 29 states yesterday in pursuit of illegal trade in synthetic drugs, and claims that at least smoke shop supported terrorism of a much different and dangerous kind

This has been known about for a long time now (I remember some anti-drug ads right after 9/11). The movie Act of Valor also does a decent job illustrating the connection.

Stoic Patriot on May 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Crocodile…

If you haven’t seen what that does, and who is supplying it, you may want too. Arizona is the state that seems to have it at the moment.

upinak on May 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Lots of ER visits going on in Texas right now.

docflash on May 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

And Hezbollah owns a shopping mall down in South America where they can not only sell narcotics they smuggle across borders but ship it overseas where they can get better prices.

In the LA Basin a couple were selling gray market goods and sending the profits to Hezbollah.

Neither having a business nor selling goods for a profit are outside of the reach of terrorist funding. This should surprise no one.

What should be asked is why this wasn’t known before the raid. You know with the NSA spying on Americans to, theoretically, find out about such operations. Finding out AFTER the raid is a big black eye to the security state. It seems they just aren’t that interested in stopping terrorists enough to track their funding… it is much easier to track law abiding citizens doing nothing wrong.

ajacksonian on May 8, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Crocodile…

If you haven’t seen what that does, and who is supplying it, you may want too. Arizona is the state that seems to have it at the moment.

upinak on May 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Never heard of it so I looked it up. Krokodil…….and jeez!……..

VegasRick on May 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Well, we continue to create the market demand. They must take great pleasure knowing our own excesses are taking us down, and they are only too happy to help.

butch on May 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

One smoke shop based at what looks like a gasoline station sent wire transfers to Yemen totaling $38 million? And it took a DEA probe into synthetic drugs to discover it? I’d guess that this is more of a commentary on our pursuit of the war on terror than the war on drugs. How many other fronts in the US — perhaps with more legal cover businesses — are sending that kind of cash to Yemen, of all places?

The NSA is too busy digging dirt on the Republican presidential nomination field to worry about cash transfers to Yemen.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

I have read also that black market cigarette sales fund terrorism.

But to investigate this would be “racism” so it goes on.

PattyJ on May 8, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Raise your hand if you are totally unaware that Afghanistan is the largest exporter of Heroin on earth? Does it really take a Rocket Scientists to connect the idea that AL Qaeda who makes the vast majority of their money off the narcotics trade might branch out to other narcotics? Anybody home in there McFly???

oscarwilde on May 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Never heard of it so I looked it up. Krokodil…….and jeez!……..

VegasRick on May 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM

The Krokodil is the European version of the spelling. And yeah, freaking scary.

Here is the thing, this “home made” gasoline made concoction drug, is also fueling terrorism. If anyone wants to “make” it, you have to pay a site, which they found is funded to terrorism.

This is just death.

upinak on May 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Unexpectedly….

workingclass artist on May 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Wow. Krokodil is absolutely horrifying. Google it and view some of the pictures. Real zombie-looking people. Incredible that people would want to use something like that.

And we want to legalize marijuana because…?

Deckard BR on May 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Lots of ER visits going on in Texas right now.

docflash on May 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Yep.

A lot of these cases linked to synthetic pot.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Lots of ER visits going on in Texas right now.

docflash on May 8, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Yep.

A lot of these cases linked to synthetic pot.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I think this is what happened to weedisgood’s brain.

slickwillie2001 on May 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

How long before there’s a ‘movement’ to legalize syn drugs just like pot? As long as it takes the dems to figure out they can tax it.

Kissmygrits on May 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Out of my bedroom! I’m not hurting anyone.

Murphy9 on May 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’ve been saying for years the Haji owns most convenience stores in the country.They sell most of the gas,beer,and cigs.We are fighting our own money.Their profits don’t stay in this country.

docflash on May 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I read that about 30 people in the Austin area alone ended up in the ER last week due to synthetic mj.

Blake on May 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Link between synthetic drugs and terrorism?

…I don’t know!…I’ll have to ask joana!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Link between synthetic drugs and terrorism

Duh. So are most illegal things with high profit margins.

Oh, you know, like LSD, inappropriately distributed prescription drugs, forced prostitution …

DevilishSoda on May 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Yep.

A lot of these cases linked to synthetic pot.

“But … legalizing it would decrease drug cartels’ profits!”
–> said by anyone who doesn’t think for 5 seconds how it could possibly not work

DevilishSoda on May 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

But … legalizing it would decrease drug cartels’ profits!”
–> said by anyone who doesn’t think for 5 seconds how it could possibly not work

DevilishSoda on May 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I have yet to meet a legalizer who does not perform a self-lobotomy on economics and basic cause-effect logic when it comes to making whatever poison they want available on the street without consequence.

Trying to undercut the drug cartels with legalized drugs is like trying to stop gambling by challenging the world poker champion in his favorite casino. You WILL lose – both the game and your proverbial shirt, and you won’t stop a darn thing. So instead of whining about how hard it is to fight a high-profit business (because it turns ‘customers’ into MIND-ALTERED ZOMBIES, you hippie morons), how about we try making it a NO-profit business? Or are we going to go down in history as the empire that wouldn’t even protect its citizens from self-administered chemical harm?

LawfulGood on May 9, 2014 at 7:31 AM