KMG Direct, Inc., an online drug distributor, has been temporarily banned from selling drugs and was sued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Thursday.
Based in Brooklyn, the company, which also goes by the name High Life USA and is owned by Eli Kleiger, allegedly sold illegal designer drugs, including Salvia, which produces an altered hallucinogenic state, and "spice," which produces a high similar to marijuana.
Schneiderman said KMG violated state labeling laws for promoting and selling drugs that were illegal in New York and other states as far away as Colorado.
In addition to being addictive, designer, or synthetic, drugs, have been linked to heart issues, psychosis, asphyxiation and a number of deaths.
“The proliferation of illegal designer drugs is a health crisis with a national reach, and it is one that is hurting New York families and communities,” Schneiderman said. “After successfully stopping 20 head shops across our state from selling these dangerous drugs, my prosecutors and investigators are tracking down dealers who are operating online. There is one set of rules for everyone, and whether you are selling illegal drugs on the street or on the Web, you must stop -- or we will stop you.”