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Feb 6, 2013 12:25 PM by Associated Press

3 arrested in Calif. bath salts bust

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Three men have been arrested for distributing illegal bath salts at head shops in what authorities say is the first criminal case in California involving the sale of the synthetic drug.

Authorities said Tuesday that 36-year-old Joshua Wright, owner of the Doughmain head shops in Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, 26-year-old Brandon Sarrail and 31-year-old Jonathan Riedel were arrested for health and safety code violations.

Riedel allegedly supplied the salts to the head shops from a Utah warehouse.

Bath salts are crystalized chemicals that are snorted, swallowed or smoked. They can cause psychotic episodes, seizures and hallucination.

Wright and Sarrail have been released on $50,000 bail each pending an April 11 court appearance.

Riedel is in jail with bail set at $1 million.

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