ST. GEORGE - Federal law enforcement officials have arrested 14 Utah residents accused of operating a large-scale synthetic drug trafficking ring.
U.S. Attorney Robert Lund says the drug trafficking ring headquartered in St. George manufactured thousands of pounds of synthetic marijuana known as "spice."
The Spectrum of St. George reports Lund said at a news conference Wednesday that the drugs were worth more than $17 million.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the action Wednesday was part of an effort by federal agents that resulted in 150 arrests in 33 states and five countries.
The defendants arrested in St. George on Wednesday are scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.