3 Indicted For Allegedly Trafficking Bath Salts

The Franklin County Grand Jury indicted the first three cases involving the trafficking of bath salts in Franklin County.

Soleiman Mobarak and Hasan Mobarak, both of Columbus, and Thomas C. Smith of Groveport were indicted after being arrested as part of a national crackdown on bath salts on July 25.

Smith, owner of The Joint, The Gardens and The Chamber, all located along the 1100 block of North High Street, was arrested after officers executed search warrants at the

A search warrant was also executed at the S&K Market, located along East Fifth Avenue. Soleiman Mobarak was arrested and charged with a felony count of permitting drug abuse in connection with that bust.

The raids were executed as part of Operation Log Jam, a Drug Enforcement Administration initiative that spanned 30 states, was aimed at breaking down the web of illegal drug connections between suppliers, distributors and retailers.

More than 100 people were arrested during the raids.

The operation, the latest of its kind in DEA history, netted more than $14 million worth of bath salts and cash. Nearly $500,000 was seized just in central Ohio.

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