MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Authorities in Eastern Indiana raided a half dozen convenience stores in Delaware County, three apartments in Muncie and a home in Indianapolis as part of a month long investigation into the sale of synthetic drugs sold as bath salts.
The Star Press reports that a probable cause affidavit says the investigation leading to Monday's raids began after police received numerous calls from people concerned about stores selling the synthetic drugs, in some cases to adolescents.
The drugs are sold in small plastic cosmetic containers, are laced with stimulants and have been compared to synthetic cocaine. The drugs can cause paranoia and hallucinations and have been linked with deaths and hundreds of calls to poison centers nationwide.
The Indiana Legislature passed a law earlier this year banning bath salts.