Police make local bath salts bust


VERONA TOWNSHIP — The Huron County Sheriff’s Office along with the Bad Axe Police Department made a large, bath salts-related drug bust on Joyce Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

After serving a search warrant, authorities entered the residence to find three individuals present, with one appearing to be in the process of injecting a substance into their arm.

Used, new and loaded syringes were reported to be strewn across the entire residence.

Through the course of about four and a half hours, nearly 50 grams of bath salts were confiscated along with about 15 syringes that were loaded with an unknown substance. Authorities believe the syringes contain a bath salt solution.

Also found in the bust were prescription drugs, possible morphine, K2 and other unknown pills, along with nearly $1,000 in cash.

The current street value of bath salts is ranging from $40 a gram to as much as $80 a gram. This value is roughly double what bath salts cost before being recently deemed illegal.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation initiated in a cooperative effort between both police departments. Some cooperation from the occupants was received and the investigation will continue.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” said Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson. “We receive tips on almost a daily basis, but it makes it difficult when the tipster doesn’t really want to get involved.”

While the bust is believed to be of a large dealer in the area, officials said the bath salts issue will continue to be an problem.

“By no means has the bath salts problem come to an end,” Hanson said.

The sheriff’s office has been in communication with the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office and been discussing options on criminal charges.

Huron Central Ambulance also assisted at the scene.
Authorities encourage anyone with tips on illegal drug activity to contact the sheriff’s office at 989-269-6500 during regular business hours or Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421 anytime. There is also a confidential tips line at 989-269-2861.

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