Nationwide crackdown on drugs included Morgantown, Gibsonia

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A Drug Enforcement Administration-led crackdown on synthetic drugs, which spanned some 25 states on Wednesday, included the execution of search warrants in Morgantown, W.Va., and one in Pittsburgh's northern suburbs, a spokeswoman wrote this morning in response to questions.

The Associated Press reported that the effort included execution of hundreds of search warrants nationwide.

DEA special agent Laura A. Harris told the Post-Gazette that at least six searches were coordinated from the agency's Clarksburg, W.Va., office, including five in Morgantown and one described as occurring in Gibsonia. Among the locations searched were Mid Nite Adult and the X-Hale Hookah Lounge, both in Morgantown. The Gibsonia search occurred at a residence, she indicated, but she could not provide a precise address, indicating that the investigation is ongoing.

Ms. Harris wrote that "a quantity of synthetic cannabinoids" and "an undetermined amount" of money was seized in the Morgantown searches. Some money was also seized in Gibsonia, she wrote.

"Accounts and safety deposit boxes related to the business and their owners were frozen," she wrote. "These include accounts discovered during the search warrant" executions.

No one answered the phones at Mid Nite Adult or X-Hale Hookah Lounge this morning.

Ms. Harris also indicated that two seizure warrants were executed in Long Island, seeking automobiles, though she would not say whether those were connected to the actions in West Virginia and the Pittsburgh area.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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