More than 400 Bath Salts seized at Peace Bridge

Posted at 2:45 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 14:45:02-04

Four hundred pills containing "Bath Salts" were seized at the Peace Bridge, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

CBP selected the shipment at the Peace Bridge commercial facility containing the pills for further inspection on May 18. The shipment was bound for Middletown, N.Y. from Mississaugua, Ontario. The shipping documents listed face masks and vitamins were inside.

After investigation, CBP officers found more than 400 pills which tested positive for "Bath Salts." Officers say the pills weighed about 93 grams.

Bath salts - Alpha PVP and N-ethylpentylone - can cause hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, violent behavior and death. These are synthetic drugs based on cathinone, a naturally occurring psychoactive compound found in fresh leaves of the khat plant.

"We continue to encounter unique, prohibited products that individuals attempt to smuggle into the U.S.," said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. "The lethal nature of designer drugs reinforces the important job our officers perform in defending our borders and preventing the importation of these drugs."

CBP says the Buffalo Field Office encountered more than 600 situations which resulted in narcotic seizures in fiscal year 2016. This is a 35% increase from the year before.