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  1. godztear
    17611.jpg LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) – The United Parcel Service teamed up with United States Customs and Border Protection officers to intercept the shipping of bath salts from China.

    The drug is often labeled as bath salts or plant food because it looks like the powder you use to extend the life of flowers in a vase.

    About 70 pounds of the synthetic drug has been seized from UPS from October of last year through May of this year.

    Federal agents warn consumers that the drugs are not safe and not legal, despite how they may be advertised and they can be extremely dangerous.

    Heather Smith | Jul 06, 2012


  1. godztear
    Louisville sees dramatic increase in mail shipments of 'bath salts'

    Mail shipments from China of the dangerous synthetic drug commonly known as “bath salts” have increased dramatically in Louisville in the last year, officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say.

    From October 2011 to May 2012, customs officers in Louisville have intercepted 70 pounds of the drug — twice as much as was seized during the same period in 2011, the agency said. The drug gives users a high similar to cocaine, methamphetamines or LSD and has street names like Plant Food, Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky, Zoom and White Dove. It is very difficult to identify by sight because it is a white powder and is indistinguishable from things like Epsom salts or plant fertilizer, said Neele Shepard, drug chemist team leader with the agency’s Chicago laboratory. Users smoke, eat and snort the drug.

    Most shipments of the drug come through the mail, mainly from China, Shepard said. The recipes for making the drug change constantly, making it hard to detect and dangerous for users, Shepard said.

    The drug sells for $10 to $75 for a 50-milligram packet and has been the subject of news reports about purported users across the country being charged with violent, extreme behavior. Customs officers are getting more adept at identifying illicit drug shipments coming through the UPS hub in Louisville, said Gary Halkins, port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Louisville. Officers see the drug being shipped in bulk or in prepackaged doses, and “they’ve all got their own catchy names and colors,” he said.

    “These things are extremely dangerous,” Halkins said. “There’s no doubt that it is doing damage out there.”

    Mark Boxley | Jul 6, 2012
  2. Egoa Annihilation
    I've been hearing lately its getting harder and harder to get things through customs. I wonder if the program will be expanded nation wide. Make sure the carrier eventually uses fedex :D
  3. ramskip
    This is a blessing in some ways. I see nothing wrong with getting "Bath Salts" out of circulation. RC's should have never been put in pretty packages and marketed like candy.

  4. Aminatrix
    I agree that things never should have gone the way they have. (with "bath salts" RC's need to wise up, it may already be too late for phenethylamines/tryptamines. I can't wait to see what the future holds -- actually i'd rather go back a few years and stop time, but since that's impossible...)

    Btw, UPS has allowed NARCO units to let their dogs sniff around for YEARS, always use fedex (until they eventually break down too under pressure from the feds)
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