NEW MARKET, Md. (WJZ)—Growing problem. The feds raid a storage shed in Maryland and uncover an illegal bath salts operation.

Weijia Jiang explains what bath salts are and how easy it is for your children to get their hands on it.

Police say they not only found the drug, they found it being packaged right in the heart of small town New Market.

Inside a unit at a New Market storage facility, federal drug agents seize a large amount of the latest fad in designer drugs. They’re called bath salts.

“I would think ‘Calgon, take me away.’ There’s no way I’d think about drugs in New Market,” said Raimi Kellner, of New Market.

The white powder can pack a punch as powerful as cocaine with the same health risks.

“From speeded up heart rates to hypertension, high blood pressure, mania, panic attacks, even potentially heart attack and cardiac arrest,” said Peter Beilenson, Howard County health officer.

And even death.

Thirty-one-year-old Joey Baldwin’s family says he was hooked.

“If you’re doing the stuff, stop it,” said James Baldwin, victim’s father. “And if you haven’t done it, don’t. That’s all I can say about bath salts. It’s bad. It killed my boy.”

Police are also concerned with how easy it is to get bath salts. In fact we walked right into a smoke specialty shop in Fells Point that’s selling it for $35 a pack. WJZ found it even cheaper on the web and widely available.

State health leaders say the drug is still new to Maryland, but it’s catching on fast.

Nationally, no exposures to the drug were found in 2009. Last year, there were 302 cases. So far this year, more than 2,200 have been reported.

For now the ingredients used to make bath salts are legal. Many are pushing to change that.

“It’s a big deal,” said Thomas Morris, of New Market. “Government needs to move on this fast so it’s against the law.”

The man who rented the storage unit has not been arrested. Court documents show the seizure is part of an investigation across Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Bath salt chemicals have been banned in several states, including West Virginia, Florida and Louisiana.

Comments (9)
  1. Robert Long says:

    Crack is wack yo =P

  2. Nicky says:

    They’re known as “bath salts” but what is the name of the chemical?

  3. Santana says:

    Something with “meth” in the name… can’t remember exactly. Try Google

  4. Angel says:

    Well Maryland Leaders now that you know, What are you going to do about it?
    I pray more people will not die before you do!!!

    1. sven says:

      Some areas have enacted legislation but manufactures can quickly alter the ingredient’s to remain legal.

      Why not make ALL manufactured substances illegal?

      Opps that would put the drug companies out of business.

  5. Doug says:

    Well,if they’re going to snort bath salts,
    let the fools be fools.
    I have some Drano for the morons to snort or free base,or whatever,
    when they run out of bath salts.
    The feds are wasting their time ,
    and our tax dollars.
    Make French Fries illegal as well.
    From the looks of some of these kids,
    they’re about ready to O.D. from them.

  6. G says:

    people should do what they want and the government needs to stop treating us like kids and let people do what they want

  7. John says:

    This is a game of cat and mouse. For every nanny move big brother tries to push on adults under the guise of protecting the children, every move they make to control us like sheep, the chemists are 3 steps ahead will alter a molecule or two and create brand new compounds that are legal.

    They say it quote “for the children” however it’s proven fact cannabis is easier to obtain for any middle/high/college student than it is for them to obtain alcohol or tobacco.

    How about we simply legalize and regulate what nature gave us (ie cannabis) and all these synthetic unknowns would disappear. Gee. That’s a thought. Then tax the hell out of it.

    I have lost all faith in common sense these days. In these times of a morally bankrupt government that has sold out its principles, this is what freedom looks like.

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