THE D-E-A CAN'T KEEP UP WITH ALL THE NEW SYNTHETIC DRUGS ON THE MARKET. THIS ONE'S CALLED AMPED, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A LADY BUG ATTRACTANT, BUT USERS DESCRIBE THE DRUG AS OVER THE COUNTER CRACK COCAINE. IT STARTED OUT ON THE EAST COAST BUT IT'S NOW Video by nbc26.comvideo
The DEA can't keep up with all the new synthetic drugs on the market. This one's called amped, it's supposed to be a lady bug attractant, but users describe the drug as over the counter crack cocaine. It started out on the east coast but it's now very much here in Wisconsin.
K-2, purple magic, spice, ivory snow. Different names, different shapes and sizes all designed to do one thing. Get you high. And that high, can be dangerous.
Victim: "feel my heart rate
Caller: "He says he smoked some K2 and he thinks he might die".
Another synthetic pot case this one, deadly.
"we are at approximately 100 mph headed the wrong way on southbound I43 we are headed north bound on the median side".
A 19 year old, killed after smoking the fake marijuana
"You ask yourself everyday, why? Why did it have to be my kid."
Now we're uncovering another dangerous synthetic drug already here in Wisconsin. It's called amped.
Just take a look at this video a violent out of control teenager screaming at his mom she says he's high on amped.
Robert Bell/DEA Agent
"although these substances are touted as being legal and safe they are anything but".
Amped is a white powdery substance being sold in small packages in stores and online. A recovering amped addict says she used to snort it like cocaine. She claims, while on it, she lost her mind.
"To want to actually physically kill someone. I've never been that way towards my mom we've always been best friends and she didn't know who I was and I didn't know who I was."
But the rush kept her coming back for more.
"You do it, it's really, really, really hyper and then you want some more and then you do it again and you want some more. The package says it never lets you down."
DEA Agent Robert Bell:
"they need to stop".
In a skype interview dea special agent robert bell says shutting these companies down isn't easy because they are constantly changing the ingredients in an attempt to avoid federally banned substances.
DEA Agent Robert Bell:
"I will just simply call them drug peddlers - are selling substances intended for human use."
In an emergency meeting the feds were able to add eight more substances to a growing list of banned items. Five from the synethic pot catergory and three from the bath salt class.
"but that's 8 out of many."
And the ban came too late for one Wisconsin teen. May 2010 19 year old Charlie Davel toots his horn at a Mukwongo cop who has a driver pulled over. A few minutes later Davel would lead police on a high speed chase through Waukesha County.
"he is going the wrong way - he almost hit my squad as he headed down the on ramp. 7 is directly behind him now we have vehicles headed this way".
Investigators would later learn Davel smoked D-2 before the chase, a chase that turned deadly.
Detective Steve Pederson is no stranger to these drugs.
Det. Steve Pederson/Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
"personally I think anything that you could ingest that's not prescribed by a psychian and has a altering effect on the mind is very dangerous."
And those dangers never more apparent then in this deadly crash in this twisted metal. Fake pot, fake cocaine, still being sold, with real consequences.
Wisconsin state lawmakers attempted to add more banned substances to a state list. But what police say what they need is a blanket federal law that would ban all of these substances. That way new synthetic drugs would be illegal from the get go.