8 charged in multi-county investigation
EASLEY — A yearlong investigation into Upstate synthetic drug sales that began in Easley culminated with the seizure of approximately $2.7 million in cash and frozen bank accounts, guns, vehicles, more than 300 pounds of the drug and seven arrests last week.
A yearlong investigation into synthetic drug sales that began at Sky’s Tha Limit in Easley wrapped up with a multi-county bust that targeted several businesses and two homes and resulted in charges filed against eight people last week. Sky’s Tha Limit’s business license has been suspended, Easley Police Chief Danny Traber said.
At a Friday afternoon news conference at the Easley Law Enforcement Center, Easley Police Chief Danny Traber told reporters his department began receiving complaints just more than a year ago from parents that their children, some as young as 16 years old, were going to a store on U.S. Highway 123 to buy the synthetic drugs.
“People like to call it synthetic marijuana, (but) it’s a synthetic drug that sometimes mimics marijuana,” Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said. “Sometimes it’s a lot worse.”
Clark said some of the side effects of similar “designer” drugs include hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, a sense of initial wellbeing that turns into terror, panic attacks, vomiting and