- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Federal authorities are trying to seize four homes in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids that they say were purchased with money from the sale of illegal synthetic drugs.

A civil forfeiture complaint filed Wednesday alleges the homes are linked to a couple who owns Puff N’ Stuff II, a tobacco shop in Cedar Rapids.

An affidavit filed by a special agent with the IRS alleges three homes in Des Moines and one in Cedar Rapids were purchased with proceeds from $1.3 million in sales of synthetic drugs, the man-made designer drugs that can cause harmful reactions.

The affidavit says the couple has not been charged criminally, but remains under investigation. Federal agents raided their store in July 2013, but it has remained open.

Its phone rang busy Wednesday.

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