Law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned that China, with a large and poorly regulated drug manufacturing sector, is becoming a major producer of synthetic drugs such as Spice.
Recently a Chinese chemist named Haijun Tian, a leading manufacturer and exporter of chemicals used to create Spice, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), The New York Times reports.
The arrest took place at Los Angeles International Airport, where Tian had just come off a flight from China. His arrest was the culmination of an elaborate sting operation aimed at reducing the importation and sale of Spice, the article notes. DEA officials said they hope information from Tian will help them better understand the world of synthetic drug manufacturing, where chemists continually make chemical changes to stay one step ahead of federal regulators.