A joint year-long investigation between Montgomery and Lehigh counties has resulted in the arrest of 15 people investigators say were part of an operation that distributed synthetic drugs.
Investigators with both counties announced on Thursday the results of the drug bust, which began as a separate investigation for each county in September, 2011.
According to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri and Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin, the synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia were distributed by J&L Wholesale Distributors Incorporated of Allentown, Lehigh County.
The investigations included the use of undercover officers and confidential informants and primarily focused on known sources for illegal synthetic drugs.
In July, detectives from both counties executed search warrants on J & L Wholesale Distributors, its associates and subsidiary. According to the Montgomery County DA, detectives seized numerous packets of synthetic drugs, two tractor trailers full of drug paraphernalia, synthetic urine dispensers and other items.
Investigators say several convenience stores were also found to be distributing drug paraphernalia, bath salts and synthetic marijuana products.
The law banning the sale and possession of synthetic drugs went into effect on August 22, 2011.