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$4 million synthetic marijuana operation busted in Birmingham

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Authorities are speaking out about a raid that halted a 46-state, $4 million a year drug operation. They say it was all happening in an apartment near UAB.

The task force agent FOX6 News spoke with says this was like cutting off the head of the snake.

Captain Hal Taylor with the Alabama ABC Drug Task Force says the suspects were manufacturing synthetic marijuana, or spice, in a bath tub at an apartment near the UAB campus. During the 15 month investigation, officers found that the suspects were taking orders over the internet, manufacturing the drugs in the bathtub and then shipping them out.

Authorites say they have arrested at least one person in the crime, who is described as being second in command of this massive operation.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, this is probably a 10 for the magnitude of what he was doing and the potential of a $4 million a year distribution operation, it was a very big bust for ABC and the U.S. Postal Service," Taylor said.

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