Bloomington Normal police and the Illinois Attorney General's office have made a sweep for synthetic drugs marketed as bath salts at area retailers. Attorney General Spokesman Scott Mulford says the Global Tobacco, Smokers' Den, Price Rite, Discount Smoke and Pop, and Main Street convenience stores in the twin cities had more than $53,000 worth of the products declared illegal at the start of the year.
Mulford says there were no arrests.
The bath salts can create symptoms similar to methamphetamine and even hallucinations and heart problems. They are often sold in packages that claim they are legal.
Normal Police Chief Ric Bleichner says police agencies will keep up the pressure on retailers to ensure they are not supplying the dangerous products. Smoking or ingesting the substances have increased calls to poison control centers nationwide.
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