We are extremely happy to see this news. Smoke-911 has been on our radar for quite a while, and we are happy to say that one of To The Maximus Foundation members has been working closely with the authorities in this case.
This is the largest raid on a single chain of stores in Georgia for synthetic drugs.
Smoke-911 was selling drugs, drugs that have killed people, drugs that have made people extremely ill, and drugs that have caused people to become psychotic and dangerous.
You don’t have to be a user of a synthetic drug to be a victim of it. On our Synthetic Marijuana Deaths page, you can find innocent victims of these drugs who were killed or murdered.
Selling synthetic drugs is NOT a victimless crime.
These drug dealers need to be taken down–wherever they are.
We applaud those who turned this store into the authorities, to the lawmakers who made the laws to put them out of business, and to the law enforcement community, especially the DEA, who made the raid on this store. Right now, Georgia law doesn’t permit arresting the owners, but as soon as the synthetic drugs go through toxicology, they may be arrested.
Meanwhile, the authorities got something more valuable than arrests: business records. With those records, the authorities can take down the distribution networks and shut down the manufacturing operations.
Federal search warrants were executed at four Smoke 911 shops located in Acworth, Roswell, Sandy Springs and Woodstock on Tuesday.
The warrants sought evidence related to synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
Federal and local law enforcement officers also searched the home of Michael T. Madlem, owner of the stores.
In addition, federal seizure warrants were executed for bank accounts of Madlem, Serena P. Burkard, and Mad Dog USA Enterprises, LLC.
While no arrests were made after the raid, investigators were still looking into the case. There was, however, a customer that was arrested for synthetic drug possession outside of one of the stores.
Unfortunately, however, this is one small drop in a sea of synthetic death that has flooded our communities. We have a lot of work to do, but each small victory is satisfying.
Federal agents raid Smoke 911 stores
Federal agents raided several Smoke 911 shops across metro Atlanta on Tuesday.
Agents were looking for items related to synthetic marijuana and bath salts. No arrests were made Tuesday, but authorities seized bank accounts for store owners. Smoke 911, which operates several stories out of metro Atlanta advertises the sale of tobacco products.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan was at a Roswell Smoke 911 store on Holcomb Bridge Road that was raided Tuesday. In April, an 18-year-old was arrested after, police said, he was caught with synthetic marijuana from the same store.
After the arrest, an attorney for Smoke 911, which operates several stores in metro Atlanta, emailed a statement from the company about those allegations.
“Smoke 911 takes its responsibility to comply with the law very seriously, and intends to look into the allegations being reported by Channel 2,” Steve Sadow wrote. “If it is determined that any employee sold a substance with knowledge that it was banned under federal or Georgia law, that employee will be relieved of his/her duties.”