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Federal investigators visit Ashland head shop

Officers working under the umbrella of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration were at a head shop in Ashland on Wednesday. The J.C. Moon store has been under fire in the past year as officials crack down on the sale of synthetic drugs.

J.C. Moon told customers through its Facebook page that the store was closed Wednesday. It also said it hasn't sold synthetic products for a month.

"We didn't get raided," one post read. "Stores like ours are an obvious target. IRS and the DEA are investigating operations."

Rick Myrland, a criminal investigation special agent for the Internal Revenue Service of the Department of the Treasury, told reporters outside the store that the investigation involves the DEA, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, the Ashland Police Department and the Ashland County Sheriff's Office.

Myrland told the Ashland Daily Press that beyond the fact that there is an investigation taking place, there was little else he could say about the matter.

"What I can tell you is that we are here on official business, we are being assisted by other agencies," he told the paper. "You can probably put two and two together about what we are doing here, but I really can't go into much more about what we are doing."

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