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DEA arrests Rhode Island man as part of synthetic drug crackdown

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A Rhode Island businessman has been charged federally with allegedly possessing synthetic drugs with the intent to distribute as part of a DEA led nationwide crackdown on synthetic drugs.

Glen Lonardo, 48, of Cranston, was arrested earlier today on charges that he sold “bath salts” at two stores that he owns, Buddha’s Bazaar in Cranston and XCitement Video and Smoke Shop in West Warwick.

Lonardo’s arrest is one of more than 150 DEA led arrests of alleged synthetic drug makers, wholesalers and retailers in 30 states over the past two days.

He charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of: a-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone (a-PVP), an analog of methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDV), a Schedule I controlled substance, commonly referred to as “bath salts.” 

Lonardo’s arrest was part of a year long investigation that began in the spring of 2013.

He was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.
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