NEWTON FALLS, Ohio - A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging two people from northeast Ohio with intent to sell bath salts.
According to the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven Dettelbach, the two people have been identified as Ryan Kralik, 32 of Newton Falls, and Ruth Eimers, 36 of Ravenna.
"People continue to come up with new ways to poison our children, as long as they think there is money to be made," Dettelbach said. "These are very dangerous synthetic drugs that have nothing to do with baths or salt and everything to do with risky behavior."
Portage County Sheriff David Doak stressed the importance of this issue.
"The sale of bath salts is not going to be tolerated. We were glad to be part of this investigation," he said.
According to the indictment, the defendants owned and operated a website named freshsalts.com, where they sold bath salts ranging from $29 to $59.
Customers who purchased bath salts from the website were required to pay with money orders or cashier checks that would be received by Kralik.
Eimers' assisted Kralik with distribution shipments and bookkeeping, according to the indictment.
The defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess and intent to distribute bath salts.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Dirksen following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, the Portage County Drug Task Force and Portage County Sheriff's Office.
If the defendants are convicted, the sentences will be determined by several factors unique to the case, including past criminal records and unique characteristics of the violations.