"5 Arizona Businesses Busted for Selling 'Bath Salts'"
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By: Christopher Sign
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ - Authorities busted two Prescott Valley and three Prescott businesses that were selling the synthetic drug known as "bath salts," recently banned in Arizona.
According to Prescott Valley police, search warrants were served on the businesses Friday afternoon.
Police say the businesses sold the bath salt products illegally and in some cases literally out the back door.
Authorities say they arrested a number of people.
Police say investigators executed search warrants at the X-Hale Smoke Shop and Mario's Mexican Market in Prescott Valley.
The other businesses involved were Mike's Mini Mart in the 900 block of East Gurley, Quick Stop in the 400 block of South Montezuma and C-Stop located in the 300 block of Grove in Prescott, according to police.
In addition to the drugs, investigators seized two handguns during the searches.
Assisting in the operation were authorities from the Prescott Valley Police Department, Prescott Police Department, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, DEA Taskforce, Arizona Liquor Control, Arizona Department of Economic Security, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Yavapai County Attorney's Office.
Bath salts are now considered a dangerous drug and possession of it is a class 4 felony, and sales of dangerous drugs is a class 2 felony, according to officials.
Employees at one Prescott store face additional charges for fraud schemes for allowing customers to purchase the drug under the food stamp program.