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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) - Synthetic drug dealers continue selling potentially deadly products despite last month`s Federal indictment of 28 drug conspirators and seizure of tens of millions of dollars.  Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes went right back to the streets to show how they`re still trying to get away with it.

Our story begins with hidden camera video inside a St. Charles County t-shirt store called Jester`s.  A clerk told a costumer about '$45 Pirates Booty and Get Real.'  The clerk was talking about products just exposed in a drug bust by agencies like the DEA and Homeland Security.

Our undercover producer asked, 'Can I see it?'  The clerk held up a package of 'Get Real.'  It`s $45 for a 5 gram package.  We didn`t buy it because it`s illegal, but as one anonymous source explained, the dealers won`t stop.  The source said, 'They`re greedy.  They want money.'

A recent Federal drug trafficking indictment even naming one of the products we`ve since found for sale - Pirates Booty.  Our street sources say there`s a trick to getting it.  The anonymous source said, 'They would have to trust you. You would have to go through somebody who has already been getting it.'

We followed instructions to begin at South 94th Convenience in St. Charles County.  A clerk said, 'You have to ask the boss.'  The clerk added, 'It`s a separate transaction.'

A manager said he`s still waiting on product and explained how some of the drugs are now illegal so he`s waiting on a newer legal version.  The manager said, 'When they changed the regulation, they have to come up with new stuff that complies with the regulation they tell us a week, sometimes a month, two months.'   Then he told us where to go.  The manager gave a location and said, 'It`s called Jester`s or Chester`s.'

That`s where we found the reported 'Get Real' and 'Pirates Booty' for sale.  So I went in with our FOX2 camera to see if she`d sell to me.

I said, 'Chris Hayes with FOX2. I was looking for some `Get Real.`

The clerk responded, 'Don`t have any.'

(Hayes) 'Pirate`s Booty.'

(Clerk)  'Don`t have it.'

(Hayes) 'Now you were willing to sell it last week.'

(Clerk) 'I`ve been out of town. I`m back and this is what we`ve got t-shirts and incense and tapestries.'  The clerk added, 'I have not been here. I`m helping Mike out.'

(Hayes) 'We have you on camera.'

(Clerk) 'I haven`t been here I`ve been out of town.'

(Hayes) 'We`ve got you on camera. Why would you continue to sell this stuff even after federal indictments?'  The clerk answered, 'I don`t have it. I`m out of town.'

Then she called her boss and said over the phone, `Chris Hayes up here harassing me. Just wanted to let you know so..'  She then waved for us to leave and said, 'Hah see you later (waiving).'

Then we returned to South 94th convenience.

Hayes told the manager, 'It sounds like you`re trying to find a way to evade the law and continue to sell it.'  The manager responded, 'No, no, no, we when they first came out with it we used to sell it like anybody else.  We don`t sell it anymore.'

(Hayes) 'So you`re not going to try to get a new blend? Then why would you tell somebody that?'

(Manager) 'We never told them, has anybody came in and said we told them?'

(Hayes)  'You`re on camera telling somebody that you`re waiting to find a new way to sell it.'

(Manager) 'I have no idea what you`re talking about, seriously.'

The DEA has called synthetic drugs the new frontier of drugs, with no expectation that indictments will shut down other dealers.  That`s because of the tremendous amount of money involved.  However, enforcement seems to be making a difference because emergency room visits are down and some communities are seeing a drop in synthetic drug activity.

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14 comments

  • anonymous

    Cosmic Dragon in House Springs, MO continues to sell synthetic drugs under the table. In fact the owner, Terry will even meet you in a public place to make the transaction.

  • ANONYMOUS

    if you are going to go after products that are MIS USED BY THE CONSUMER- THEN YOU BETTER TAKE ALL THE PAINT, GLUE, FINGER NAIL POLISH, PAINT THINNERS, FLOOR WAXES, OREGANO, ETC, ETC. THAT IS MIS USED BY THE CONSUMER.
    ALL YOU ARE DOING IS GIVING THEM FREE ADVERTISEMENT AND BRINGING THEM MORE BUSINESS.
    THIS PROBLEM STARTS AT HOME–SO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY PARENTS- AND CHRIS HAYES QUIT GOING TO THEIR STORES AND LET THE POLICE HANDLE IT.

    MY KIDS DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHERE TO GET IT-UNTIL YOU PUT IT ON TV. I TRUST MY KIDS-BUT THEY ASKED ME “WHY DONT THE PARENTS EXPLAIN LIKE YOU MOM”

    • ANONYMOUS

      TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND IF YOU DON’T WANT YOU KIDS TO SEE SOMETHING, KEEP THEM FROM WATCHING IT :)

  • anonymous

    Cosmic dragon sold me a 1.5 gram bag of Get Real, tonight July 9… Someone has to stop this. I bought the product to see just how shady these dealers are. The worst part is the brother and the gather whim run the store are vets
    …yet knowingly there killing us.

    • COSMIC DRAGON

      your accusations are false . nobody sold you a bad of get real on july 9 period and we have cameras to prove that so if your another store or customer from another we can figure that out , take your post down its false

  • COSMIC DRAGON

    Cosmic Dragon is not selling any potpourri , the anonymous poster is most likely another store causing problems . Or a customer from another location . just remember false accusations can be tracked by ip address and your profile and location . so stop making lies about us

  • COSMIC DRAGON

    WE DO HOWEVER SELL all natural made for human consumption erbs and extracts very good sellers come check them out . we have several products . and we have kratom which is used all over the world it helps with people having withdraws and its all natural and chemical free

    • anonymous

      Yes, you give your buyers kratnom to get through the withdraw of synthetic drugs until you can get more in stock… You are a disgrace, your brother and father do the same….

  • anonymous

    Cosmic Dragon, dare take a polygraph test? I’ll pass… Can you? Yes, I’m willing to do whatever it takes so you stop killing my loved ones. You are no better than guy selling heroin on the streets!

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