News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 24, 2012
Contact: Public Information Officer
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Search Four Smoke 911 Stores and Related Residences for Synthetic Marijuana and “Bath Salts” and Seize Eight Bank Accounts

AUG 24 (ATLANTA) – Today, federal search warrants were executed at four Smoke 911 shops located in Acworth, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Woodstock, Georgia; searches also occurred at the Marietta residences of Michael T. Madlem, owner of the stores. In addition, federal seizure warrants were executed for bank accounts of Michael T. Madlem, Serena P. Burkard, and Mad Dog USA Enterprises, LLC. The search warrants and seizure warrants are available upon request.

No arrests were made today.

The warrants are seeking evidence related to synthetic marijuana and “bath salts.” Bath salts are synthetic cathinones, which are typically sold in powder and pill form for approximately $60-$100 per gram. The effects of bath salts have been described as being similar to those caused by other stimulants such as methamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy), and cocaine.

Five types of synthetic marijuana are currently designated as controlled substances under federal law, while several others are listed administratively under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Two types of bath salts are listed as controlled substances permanently, and one additional type is listed administratively under Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act by DEA.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2011 there were 6,138 calls regarding exposure to bath salts, and as of June 30, 2012, there have been 1,717 calls.

This matter is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI) with assistance from the DEA Atlanta Office, the Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Narcotics Unit, the Roswell Police Department Special Investigations Unit, the Sandy Springs Police Department Special Investigations Unit, the Cherokee County Multi-agency Narcotics Squad, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ellen V. Endrizzi and Michael Brown.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Information Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the Home Page for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

 

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