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.
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:
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.
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