'Operation Log Jam' nets nearly 100 arrests

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The nationwide synthetic drug sweep called Operation Log Jam nabs more than 90 people in nearly 200 cities.

During Thursday's press conference, Drug Enforcement Administration agents pointed out the operation in West Palm Beach, where synthetic drugs were being manufactured and distributed out of warehouses.

Scenes like the one captured by Chopper 5 Wednesday,  unfolded all over the country.

Agents with the DEA executed search warrants.

Combined, more than 5 million packets of synthetic drugs, dozens of alleged manufacturing facilities closed and $36 million seized.

"Although the formulas to make these drugs may be complex," ICE's Office of Homeland Security Acting Director James Chaparro said. "The message here today is these synthetic drugs are dangerous and illegal. If you're involved in the manufacture and distribution of them, we will come after you."

DEA agents say they raided one of the larger manufacture and distribution companies right here in West Palm Beach.

Documents say Michael Bryant, John Shealy and Dylan Harrison were involved in manufacturing and distributing the 'Mr. Nice Guy' synthetic marijuana.

We spoke exclusively with an undercover West Palm Beach Narcotics officer, whose identity we decided not to reveal, about the long investigation.

"Identifying them and targeting them and tracking the money back and tracking the production back to them is extremely difficult," the officer said.

DEA agents say it's also dangerous because the warehouses these synthetic drugs are manufactured in can blow up just like the one on Georgia Avenue did back in May.

Investigators say they're like meth labs.

"If anyone inside of any of those businesses nobody would've survived those explosions," the WPB PD narcotics investigator said.

Though Operation Log Jam nabbed nearly a hundred, seized millions of dollars and synthetic drug packets.

DEA agents say they're still looking for these synthetic drugs.

"You are nothing more than drug trafficker and we will bring you to justice," DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart said.

Of the nearly 100 people arrested in this sweep, about a dozen came from South Florida.

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