Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said three area gas stations were raided Friday morning for selling bath salts.
This comes shortly after Governor John Kasich signed a bill making the possession and sale of the product illegal. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said his deputies executed search warrants at three locations- The State Street Market, Norwich BP and a convenience store at the corner of Maysville and Eppley Avenues.
"I think you'll find some of these places are getting some type of release from the company that they're buying some of this from, telling them that the substance inside it is legal," explained Lutz. "But it's still there responsibility for what goes on the street and what they're selling."
Lutz said bath salts were recovered at all three locations. The Sheriff also emphasized his concern for drug paraphernalia. He says items such as scales, home-drug-tests, and self-detox are legal to sell simply because the owner's place a sign stating it's for "Tobacco Use Only."
"It could be used for tobacco use but in my almost 22 years of law enforcement we don't see people using that for tobacco use, we see people using that for drug contraband and drug use," said Lutz.
The raids were apart of an ongoing and undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Department and the Zanesville Police Drug Unit. No arrests have been made. Lutz said the owners of the businesses could face charges. The case will be turned over to Muskingum County Prosecutor for review.