Looking To Turn A $9000 Investment Into $1.6 Million? Then "Bath Salts" May Be For You.

The recent explosion in the distribution of “bath salts,” the designer drug of the moment, apparently is being driven by the unmatched markup prices realized by dealers.

In a sworn affidavit, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent details the whopping return on investment that can be banked by “bath salt” distributors. The affidavit, excerpted here, was filed as part of a court application to search the office of an Ohio man accused of distributing the drug.

According to DEA Agent Stacie Modesitt, the suspect paid $9000 to Kamud Drugs, a Mumbai, India firm, for 10 kilograms of mephedrone, the hallucinogenic stimulant resembling cocaine that is often referred to as “bath salts.” Modesitt noted that the “intended, legitimate use” for mephedrone “is as an ingredient in plant fertilizer.”

After the 10 kilograms was repackaged into “packets” that are often sold at headshops, the 22 pounds of mephedrone would yield a street value of $1.6 million, Modesitt reported. So, the rate of return on a $9000 investment would be a tidy 17,800 percent.

A recent spate of “bath salt” overdoses across the U.S. has prompted several states to ban the substance. Although it has not yet been scheduled as a controlled substance, the DEA has named “bath salts” as a drug of concern. In a statement last week, White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called “bath salts” a “serious threat to the health and well-being of young people and anyone who may use them.” He added that, “the marketing and sale of these poisons as ‘bath salts’ is both unacceptable and dangerous.”

Comments (5)

we have nobody better to mess with?
That 1.6m profit can be expected to double or triple if it becomes illegal, Which doesn't happen overnight. Assuming its still in demand by that time - These designer drugs seem to come and go in phases, honestly I've lost count. Salvia is still legal, but nobody's into that anymore. Without turning this into another anti-war-on-drugs rant - There's no less then 47 million of those out there already - it is a nice cash-crop for the DEA and local cops. They like busy work and showing people they're 'making a difference'. But just follow the money. When you make laws against things that probably shouldn't be illegal, the law doesn't really apply to those who are going to do it anyway. Lawmakers and law enforcers aren't ethical, why would a drug user or dealer be? The one thing I have learned is that laws are very slow to adapt to the current times...Something tells me the DEA are wishing it was still as simple as busting a few hippies for smoking the herb like back in the '60s.
Sonnyboy1, if you actually read the article you would know that this is a drug and not actually bathsalts. It's legitimate purpose has nothing to do with bathsalts, but being used as fertilizer. I would suggest taking the 15 seconds it takes to read an article such as this one before commenting.
Watch our government ban bathing salts. They banned a severe headache/allergy medication because some dopeheads were grinding it up and making some type of hallucinatory drug out of it.
DXM? Still legal..Hell, I remember when GHB was legal (Date-rape drug, like roofies..It was popular all throughout the 90s but not banned until 2000), they dragged their heels on that one for years. But trust me, huffing spray paint or making wine from old apple cores is probably more glamorous.