Bath-Salts-by Mail Ring Shut Down in Wetzel, Tyler Counties
NEW MARTINSVILLE -
The New Martinsville Police Department is being credited for shutting down an online criminal enterprise in Texas that was selling synthetic controlled substances known as "bath salts" through the mail for distribution in Wetzel and Tyler counties.
The months-long investigation began last year when suspicious packages found at a Tyler County post office prompted New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil to examine packages at the New Martinsville post office.
After a search, Cecil said he discovered nearly $900 in bath salts at the post office in just one day. Cecil said many of the packages were sent cash-on-delivery and postal carriers were unknowingly serving as drug dealers as they delivered the packages to homes and collected the payment.
In April, police arrested area resident Chris Leek in connection the ring. He is currently out on bond.
The Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney's office said federal authorities executed search warrants on the Texas business and federal and state indictments could be forthcoming. The office also reports arrests have been made locally and more are expected.