U.S. targets makers, distributors of synthetic drugs

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies are serving hundreds of search and arrest warrants across the U.S. in a monthslong crackdown on those who make and distribute synthetic designer drugs.

DEA officials say agents are serving 150 arrest warrants and 375 search warrants and seizing bank accounts as part of the 7-month investigation. Agents say the drugs resulted in "tens of millions of dollars" in profits.

In earlier raids, drug agents arrested 76 people and served 57 search warrants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have previously seized more than 1,000 kilograms of drugs used in synthetic marijuana, bath salts and other substances that can mimic cocaine, LSD and other drugs.

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