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Austin Man Arrested Over "Bath Salts"

Man arrested as part of national sting that also targeted "spice"

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    During a countrywide sweep on synthetic drug processors and distributors, federal agents seized several pounds of "bath salts" in Austin. (Published Friday, Jul 27, 2012)

    Federal agents seized several pounds of "bath salts" in Austin on Thursday as part of a nationwide sweep on processors and distributors of synthetic drugs.

    Drug Enforcement Administration officers arrested Jessie Olivieri, 27, on suspicion of ordering 3 kilos of synthetic cathinones, or bath salts.

    Bath salts are considered a banned substance. Synthetic cathinones are sold under the guise of "bath salts" or "plant food," the DEA said. Bath salts are made of substances perceived to mimic drugs such as cocaine, LSD, MDMA and/or methamphetamine, the DEA said.

    DEA agents in North Texas told NBC 5 that some of the bath salts seized in Austin would have ended up for sale in North Texas.

    According to KXAN-TV, agents posed as deliverymen when they arrested Olivieri.

    The arrest was part of Operation Log Jam, a nationwide sting resulted in more than 90 arrests and the seizure of more than 5 million packets of synthetic drugs in 109 cities.

    Federal agents in Texas seized more than 300,000 packets of synthetic marijuana, known as "spice," and arrested 10 people during the sweep.

    Spice is an herbal product sprayed with a synthetic compound that mimics marijuana's effects. Joseph Arabit, who heads the El Paso sector of the DEA, said the product packaging and names suggest they were marketed to minors.

    NBC 5's Omar Villafranca contributed to this report.