DEA probes smoke shops in search of 'synthetic marijuana'

An undercover operation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in applications Monday to search 13 smoke shops throughout the Rio Grande Valley for synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana, court records show.

A federal judge in Brownsville signed the applications at the request of the DEA to search seven Pokey’s Planet locations, two Green Dragon Smoke Shop sites, and for the Cloud 9 Smoke Shop, Dark Secrets Smoke Shop, Eight Eighty Smoke Shop, and 420 Smoke Shop.

This followed undercover operations July 18 and 19 when DEA special agents went to the more at