Power of the Blog….ECSO Press Release: Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputies are visiting smoke shops, convenience stores and other retailers and confiscating the now illegal “Bath Salts.”
Immediately following an emergency rule made by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi earlier today declaring this chemical as a Schedule I controlled substance, members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit spread throughout the county and began to seize this deadly chemical.
All store owners selling this particular chemical are asked to cooperate with deputies.
“We are required to enforce this emergency order, but we aren’t interested in arresting those that cooperate during this initial seizure”, said the Sheriff’s spokesperson Deputy Chris Welborn. “Those that do not cooperate could face felony charges for possession.”
After the initial seizure, narcotics deputies will be checking the stores in the coming days. Anyone found in violation of the law could be arrested.
Users smoke, snort or inject the bath salts to get high. People using the bath salts as a narcotic have been treated for paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, hypertension, chest pain and headaches. Some users reported suicidal thoughts.