April 24, 2014

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Woman charged under new bath salts law

ELYRIA — The first person was charged in Elyria on Tuesday under a new Ohio law that bans possession of a drug labeled as “bath salts,” according to an Elyria police report.

Allison Hughes, 30, of Oberlin, was arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance — bath salts, possession of drug abuse instruments, driving under suspension and changing course. Possession of more than 200 grams of the substance is a fifth-degree felony. Hughes had been stopped in the area of Middle Avenue and Third Street.

The law, House Bill 64, signed by Gov. John Kasich in July, took effect Monday and makes it a crime to sell or possess bath salts or synthetic marijuana.

Bath salts contain synthetic derivatives of cathinone, a central nervous system stimulant, according to a fact sheet from the Drug Enforcement Administration. They are generally sold in packages of 200 or 500 milligrams.

The drug looks like a white or off-white powder and is usually snorted, although it can be eaten, smoked or injected.