A raid at a self-storage facility in New Market, Md., uncovered a cache of synthetic drugs being sold as bath salts and herbal potpourri on the streets.
Earlier this month, federal agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized two barrels of white powder and packages of synthetic marijuana at New Market Mini Storage. Marketed as bath salts with names like Zombie World and Dark Night Sampler, the synthetic drug acts as a stimulant when inhaled, producing an effect similar to cocaine.
Unregulated by the U.S. government, the synthetic drugs are available on the Internet. Although labeled as bath salts, the ingredients are not the common ones found in traditional bath-salt products. The chemicals used in bath salts have been banned in several states, but are still available via the Web.
The person renting the storage unit has not been arrested, but a search warrant filed with a U.S. district court shows the investigation spans the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.