Nationwide Bath Salts Crackdown Hits Arizona
A nationwide operation regarding hallucinogens known as "bath salts" involving the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and raids in over 100 U.S. cities has resulted in the service of over a dozen search warrants in Arizona and the seizure of several million dollars in assets in Arizona alone. The operation, known as Operation Log Jam, resulted in raids in 109 cities to date, nearly 100 arrests, and the seizure of millions of bath salts packets.
During part of the Arizona operation, in May 2012, undercover DEA agents posing as bikers allegedly made a deal with a local man for the purchase of over forty pounds of bath salts. The undercover agents later allegedly carried out the drug deal with a local man in June 2012. The agents were wired during the alleged transaction.
A number of individuals were charged in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in a forty-seven page complaint. If convicted, they face fines nearing one million dollars and prison terms of up to twenty years. Bath Salts and the chemical compounds used to make them recently became banned in Arizona and are classified as a Dangerous Drug.
Bath salts can cause erratic behavior because of the unstable chemical compounds that make up the product which is meant to mimic cocaine and LSD. Reports of such erratic behavior range from a car-jacking by a naked man suspected of using bath salts in Scottsdale, Arizona, to violent animalistic behavior including biting and growling at others. Bath salts can also have serious side effects such as severe agitation, high blood pressure, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat, and paranoia.
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