San Clemente Closes Tobacco & Accessories Shop for Sales of "Spice" and "Bath Salts"

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The city of San Clemente has shut down a smoke shop where the Orange County Sheriff's Department claims it seized 106 grams of the stimulant known as "bath salts" and more than 2½ pounds of the compound "spice" that produces a pot-like high.

The business license was yanked for Tobacco & Accessories,  2727 Via Cascadita, according to city officials.

The store was raided by sheriff's deputies six weeks ago, after undercover officers acting on a tip bought bath salts there. A warranted search produced the spice and more bath salts, according to sheriff's officials.

Bath salts, which in this instance do not refer to the soothing bathing crystals, have sparked public alarm following recent reports around the country of users suffering LSD-like hallucinations. A Miami guy on bath salts was reportedly turned into a flesh-eating zombie.

The stimulants are called bath salts or "plant food" because that's what the crystals resemble. Some packets sold at retail shops have been found to contain caffeine and anesthetics, while others are a more dangerous mixture of drugs that are generically called cathinones and are similar to MDPV and mephedrone.

The federal government in March 2011 declared a one-year ban on bath salts and substances like spice that create marijuana-like highs. After the law expired this year, the U.S. Senate on May 24 passed a bill that would ban spice and bath salts. Tobacco & Accessories was raided five days later.

Shop owner Eiad Diab, 38, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor unlawful sale of synthetic stimulants and misdemeanor unlawful sale of synthetic cannabinoid substances.

Diab reportedly told the Orange County Register he thought the substances were for cleaning pipes, that the packaging mentioned something about making bubbles and that some customers told him they used the salts in baths to invigorate their skin.

Now it's his business that's taking a bath.

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hollywood flower shops
hollywood flower shops

while others are a more dangerous mixture of drugs that are generically called cathinones and are similar to MDPV and mephedrone.

James Crowley
James Crowley

Need to ban drug-testing for medical marijuana patients. Thats the reason people buy this garbage instead of pot. 

florist in miami
florist in miami

After the law expired this year, the U.S. Senate on May 24 passed a bill that would ban spice and bath salts. Tobacco & Accessories was raided five days later.

Karen in SoCal
Karen in SoCal

"Invigorate their skin"?  Hahaha.  Yes, of course everybody buys their beauty products at a smoke shop.  Give me a break.  If this guy didn't know what he was selling, then he deserves to be out of business.

John
John

The guy in FL was high on...wait for it......pot, not bath salts. But still, glad we got that shit of the streets.

ctjochum
ctjochum

@Beatrice D. Fisher, shut the fuck up  and stop posting dead links to false information.   better yet don't use your keyboard to type stuff.

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