Columbus Drug Dealers Selling Bath Salts, Calling it Ecstasy
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 12:42 AM EDT
COLUMBUS (Steve Levine/Ken Hines) -- Police believe drug dealers have been tricking buyers for more than a year, selling bath salts they claim to be the drug ecstasy.
“About 2 to 3 hours into it, I knew I got duped,” said Joel, 27, who bought what he thought was the drug “Synthetic Molly”, a form of ecstasy.
Joel told ABC 6/FOX 28 he soon learned a devious pusher had sold him bath salts, a synthetic drug known to cause people to have uncontrollable wild behavior, including homicidal tendencies in some cases.
“There does not seem to be a lot of ecstasy on the street,” said Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott. "Dealers are saying it's ecstasy when it’s bath salts because they don’t have the product people want."
The Franklin County Drug task force seized bath salts in envelopes labeled as ecstasy during a recent raid near the The Ohio State University. Thirteen people were arrested during the raid.
Experts say the drugs look very similar, and both are extremely dangerous because users do not know their exact chemical compound.
“As an addict, you try to think the dealers have our best interest,” Joel said. “They are there just to make money, and they don’t care if they harm you”.
Joel is now in rehab at Maryhaven while trying to kick his drug habit.