The United States Marshals seized over 25,000 pounds of raw kratom material valued at more than $5 million from Rosefield Mangement, Inc. in Van Nuys, CA.
More than 500 cartons of kratom were seized from the facility after Rosefield received instructions to distribute from Wholesale Shamanic Herbs. Wholesale Shamanic Herbs promoted kratom on its website with claims that the product is intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a botanical substance that grows in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. It’s known for its psychoactive and opioid-like analgesic effects, and for use in the treatment of morphine and heroin addiction. However, kratom is not approved in the U.S. for any medical use.
Consuming kratom can lead to various health consequences such as respiratory depression, nervousness, agitation, aggression, sleeplessness, hallucinations, delusions, loss of libido, tremors, skin hyperpigmentation, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and severe withdrawal signs and symptoms.
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