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Published June 22, 2012, 10:09 PM

Main Source Of Synthetic Drug Cases Off Streets, Will The Problem Stop?

Police say the main source and man in connection with both synthetic drug cases is behind bars tonight. But will this stop what police call a 'major' drug problem in the area?

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV)- Although the man connected to both teen deaths is in custody, officials say the drug problem doesn't stop there.

Synthetic drugs have been around for a long time, and people will do what they have to do, to get a hold of them.

But since the problem has recently centered around teens, parents are expressing concerns.

"There's no getting away from drugs," said a parent.

Parents have warned their kids about the dangers, but ultimately it's their own decision.

"I'm surprised they even touch it because nobody even knows what's in that stuff," said a concerned parent.

Some say they'll let the recent teen deaths be a lesson.

"It just makes me really sad and kind of scared that people would go to any lengths to make money off of these kids and desperation to get high off of something," said mother, Lori Donovan.

And police say suspicious parents aren't taking any chances.

"They've been taking them in and getting them drug tested just to see if there is anything that shouldn't be in their system," said Sgt. Travis Jacobson, of the Grand Forks Police Department.

Although, Andrew Spofford, the man police say is ultimately responsible for the lethal drugs that took the lives of two area teens is behind bars, the problem doesn't stop there, synthetic drugs have been a long-standing issue.

"These things have been around in the area for a little bit of time but haven't captured as much attention as recently," said Jacobson.

"I hope GFPD is on top of it," said Donovan.

People say the best advice is to talk to and educate your kids and know who their friends are.

"As early as possible, as early as they can get their heads around it," said Donovan.

"Parents paying attention to what their kids are doing, knowing who their kids are hanging out with," said a parent.

State's Attorney, Peter Welte, hopes people won't be able to buy these substances in stores by the end of the year.

"We'll be looking at this legislatively at the upcoming session," said Grand Forks State's Attorney, Peter Welte.

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