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Centre Co. DA Attempts to Stop 'Bath Salt' Sales, Targets State College Businesses

on May 11, 2011 10:50 AM

UPDATED @ 4:53 p.m. May 11: Centre County President Judge David E. Grine has signed an order against "bath salts" in the county. We've posted an updated report on this page.

Earlier coverage is posted below.

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Earlier report, posted @ 10:50 a.m. May 11:

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller filed a lawsuit Wednesday to block the sale of so-called "bath salts" in the county, her office announced.

According to a news release, the lawsuit targets three businesses: Jamaica Junction, on Pugh Street in State College; Dragon Chasers Emporium, on Fraser Street in State College; and the Uni-Mart at 341 W. Lamb St. in Bellefonte.

The businesses sell or recently sold the "bath salts," known as fake cocaine, according to the release.

"In the past six months, the use of 'bath salts' containing the chemicals methylene, methylenedioxypyrovalerone and methedrone has become a serious drug-abuse threat in Centre County," it reads. "'Bath salts' have been sold to adults and minors in Centre County, freely and openly. As the use of 'bath salts' has fueled a string of recent negative activity within the law-enforcement community, the medical community and the community at large, the lawsuit is aimed at taking the product off store shelves immediately and having it declared a public nuisance.

"While the lawsuit names these three retailers specifically, it would ultimately bar anyone else in Centre County from selling the product, as well."

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