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Legislative Update

August 22, 2013

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein:

As the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National Vice President for Legislative Affairs, I am expressing the strong support of FLEOA's membership, which numbers in excess of 26,000 members, for S. 1323, "Protecting Our Youth from Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Act of 2013". This bill would combat dangerous, new synthetic drugs which are currently unregulated. These "controlled substance analogues" are produced by drug traffickers to circumvent the law and mimic the effects of substances like ecstasy, PCP and LSD.

FLEOA believes that this legislation is integral to protecting the American public from dangerous synthetic drugs. Many of the estimated 200 controlled substance analogues on the market today are designed to mimic the effects of hallucinogenic drugs like ecstasy, PCP and LSD, as well as THC, the principal chemical in marijuana. Our law enforcement membership fully supports your efforts to regulate these dangerous synthetic drugs.

FLEOA has members who have participated in two nationwide operations targeting the importation, manufacture and distribution of designer synthetic drugs – Operation LogJam in July 2012 and Operation Synergy in June 2013. These operations resulted in the seizure of $93 million in cash and assets; the removal of at least 10 tons of synthetic drugs from the supply chain; 318 arrests; and the execution of 681 search warrants, including at least 29 for drug manufacturing facilities.

On behalf of the membership of FLEOA, I thank you for your efforts to protect our citizens from these dangerous synthetic drugs and assist law enforcement officials in the pursuit of the manufacturers and sellers of these compounds through legislation that deems them illegal. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide you with any additional information or assistance.

Respectfully,

Frank Terreri
National Vice President for Legislative Affairs
fterreri@fleoa.org