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Authorities prevent $120K worth of bath salts from entering Rochester

Authorities prevent $120K worth of bath salts from entering Rochester

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Three people have been arrested in Rochester for trying to purchase approximately $120,000 in bath salts.

Authorities say Rachel Bannister, Joey Bigelow and Machelle Frisbee were taken into custody late Tuesday at a home in the 200 block of 14th Ave. SE. KTTC-TV reports the three individuals tried to purchase an entire kilo (about 2.2 pounds) of the psychoactive drug.

Lefto right: Rachel Bannister, Joey Bigelow & Machelle Frisbee

The package originated in China, where the majority of the designer drugs are produced, according to a report by the Post-Bulletin. Word of a shipment to Rochester was brought to the attention of local law enforcement by federal investigators.

"Bath salts" or "plant food" typically take the form of a white or brown crystalline powder and are sold in small plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human consumption." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

The synthetic cathinones in bath salts can produce euphoria and increased sociability and sex drive, but some users experience paranoia, agitation, and hallucinatory delirium; some even display psychotic and violent behavior, and deaths have been reported in several instances.
— DrugAbuse.gov
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Research shows bath salts are more potent and potentially addictive than methamphetamine. In a 2013 study by the Scripps Research Institute, infected rats put four times as much effort into getting a dose of the stimulant as they did meth.

KAAL-TV notes the synthetic drug bust was one of the largest of its kind in Olmsted County history.

 

(Cover photo: File / Creative Commons)

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