Bath salts have got to be one if the major drugs to grow in popularity in recent years. Its users have been accused of engaging in all types of fuckery (most notably cannibalism). Though it seems like some of the craziest shit you can consume, there is clearly a booming market for it (and it’s wilder homie, flakka). A lot of the Molly (MDMA) pills floating around are really bath salt capsules. A lot of the illicit synthetics folks use are exported from Asia.
A few days ago, a major bath salts offender was locked away for 12 and a half years. His name was Richard Gross, and he was the plug for his mother, “Bath Salt Queen of Missouri,” Pamela Tabatt. She received the same sentence on July 20 for pumping bath salts and other synthetic drugs out of several smoke shops (Smoke Sensations: Nights of Rave in St. Louis County and South 94 Bait and Tackle in St. Charles County). According to the Riverfront Times, “the St. Peters woman sold more synthetic drugs than anyone in the eastern district of Missouri.” They write:
Tabatt’s operation was hiding in plain sight after Missouri’s 2011 ban on synthetic drugs, but a source tipped off Fox-2’s Chris Hayes, which led to a series of investigations. She, her son and Berra were initially charged as a 28-person drug ring that raked in $23 million in total assets, but their little ring was later broke off and handled separately…
…Though the drugs were intended to be smoked or snorted, the ring mislabeled the packages to “thwart drug-trafficking laws,” according to the indictment. The packages said the drugs were “not for human consumption” and marketed the drugs as scouring powder, research chemicals, incense and novelty products.
Gross’ sentence–which follows three other guilty pleas–is the culmination of the two-year case. In a wild turn of events, the crew agreed to pay back $6.5 million in profits to the feds. According to reports:
The forfeiture agreement filed in federal court shows that the three turned over a remarkable amount of cash — nearly $100,000 — as well as money squirreled away in numerous accounts. They also turned over property in Wentzville, St. Peters, Troy, New Florence and Carrollton, Illinois, in addition to a 2008 Ford F450 and 2011 Chevy Traverse.