HYANNIS - An investigation into the sale of bath salts, which included controlled buys, has resulted in distribution charges for a Weymouth shop keeper. According to a Barnstable police release, Det. Brian Guiney began an investigation into the sale of bath salts at the Corner Food Mart at 640 Main Street in Hyannis several months ago.
During the investigation, controlled purchases of the illegal drug were made at the store. Bath salts, a synthetic drug with troubling affects including panic attacks and hallucinations, was added to the Massachusetts Class C schedule of substances in January 2013.
On Sunday detectives executed the search warrant at the store during business hours. During the raid, Det. Guiney reportedly seized six glass vials containing bath salts, police said.
Money used in the controlled buys was also confiscated from the convenience store's cash register, according to police.
Muhammad A. Abid, 34, of Weymouth, was placed under arrest and transported to the Barnstable Police Station where he was booked and charged with possession of a Class C substance (bath salts) with intent to distribute. Abid was released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Tuesday.
According to police, the vials of bath salts seized in the store sell for $25 each. Bath salts are derivatives of cathinone, a psychoactive substance with powerful stimulant properties that occur naturally in the plant khat. The effects of such synthetic cathinones resemble those of amphetamines including ecstasy and cocaine. bath salts often contain mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. See the DEA's bath salts fact sheet here.