DA outlines plans for enforcing Pa.'s ban on bath salts

Bath Salts Enforcement

READING, Pa. - Time is running out for store owners who sell so called "bath salts" and other synthetic drugs. 

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he is taking names to make sure the drugs stay off the shelves for good.

Adams said the Berks County Drug Task Force has been compiling a list of stores in Berks County where the synthetic drugs are sold ever since the governor signed the law in June.

"There are several stores, not only in Reading, but in Berks County," said Lt. Leon Domsic of the Berks County Detectives. "So, it's a city, as well as a county problem."

Domsic and others said the chemicals found in synthetic marijuana and bath salts have caused some bizarre and dangerous behaviors.

"Recently, I heard about a teenager in Willow Grove that walked off a third story parking garage. He was high on K2, just walked off the third floor," said Domsic.

"Here in Berks County we had an incident where someone who was high on Cloud 9 shot his girlfriend," said Adams, who added that store owners are being put on notice. "We are going to vigorously enforce this law, and we are notifying retailers today that we will be on your doorstep starting Monday morning."

Adams said those caught will be subject to criminal penalties similar to the possession of a controlled substance, such as cocaine and or marijuana.

"We have plenty of locations that we're going to make visits in the near future possibly as early as Monday," said Domsic. "And we'll see if they're continuing to sell them. If so, we'll treat it like any other normal drug investigation."  

Domsic said the first time his office was made aware of so called "bath salts" was in 2010 when a teenager experienced a seizure at a high school. He said the store where those drugs were sold is on his list.

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