Preventing synthetic drugs from entering the Hoosier state


WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – A major synthetic drug bust this week covered 29 states and led to more than a hundred arrests – possibly preventing synthetic drugs from entering right here in the Hoosier state.

But what happens when some of those drugs slip through the cracks?

We sit at the center of the crossroads – U.S. Highway 41 cuts straight through the Wabash Valley.

“We’ve had a lot of cases in the past where we can attribute the supply from Chicago, Indy west of here. We’re kind of at the cross roads so we have the major north south east west route with I-70 so we can see it from any direction. Whether it be the proceeds or the drugs themselves,” said Detective Steve Lockard, Vigo County Drug Task Force.

Lockard also explains that it is nearly impossible to get every synthetic drug off the streets. Especially when synthetic means chemically produced or man made resulting in an endless supply.

But, you can make a dent.

“You have to know what you’re fighting and who you’re fighting what you’re up against,” Lockard stated. “Anytime you learn something new or find out something new the bad guys are always changing and adapting and the bad guys always find new ways to do it. So you just have to say on your toes and try and keep up with them. Find new innovative ways to combat it.”

Officials have stated the sale of synthetic drugs in Terre Haute has surprisingly slowed down.

The Vigo County Drug Task Force and the city council created a new city ordinance banning synthetic drugs from mini marts and convenience stores.

That could have played a role in slower synthetic drug sales. But, something else could be traveling down our highways.

“It always makes you wonder what’s next and where do I need to be looking.”

Lockard did mention that while synthetic drugs are on the downward trend, the one drug to be looking out for is heroin – it’s the next big concern for police.

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