A local man has been booked into the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of selling bath salts out of a Moorpark smoke shop. Moorpark Police Department officials say that possession, sale and distribution of bath salts is strictly prohibited by law. The suspect, 36-year old Joshua Wright is the shop’s reported owner. He and two other men, Jonathan Reidel and Brandon Sarrail were all arrested during the raid.
All three suspects have since been released from custody after hiring a Ventura County bondsman to purchase bail bonds. Bail information for the men was not posted on the Sheriff’s website but it is believed to have been set between $50,000 and $150,000 depending on the exact quantity of drugs found at the shop. They are scheduled to be arraigned within the next 45 days.
Officers say that bath salts are an illegal substance that has a methamphetamine-like effect. They reportedly contain synthetic stimulants that are prohibited by law and are considered to be dangerous and highly addictive. Bath salts are frequently packaged to look like legal items. They are frequently marketed using names such as White Lightening, Amped, Bubbles, Pump It and others.
Narcotics officials said they are not surprised that smoke shops that sell glass pipes to drug users have begun distributing the illegal substance. Law enforcement personnel said they were tipped off that bath salts were being sold at the raided location after they arrested a woman who crashed her car shortly after smoking the drug. She later told police she had made he purchase at a smoke shop that was owned by one of the defendants.
The Moorpark PD seized pot plants, pills cash and other items of value during the raid. Each of the three defendants is expected to be facing multiple years in prison if convicted.