Deputies formally charge workers accused of selling bath salts to children

CLARK CO., Ohio (WDTN) – A major battle won in Clark County after investigators formally charge workers accused of selling bath salts to children.

It was nearly a year ago investigators raided Munir Fai Hmidal’s Riverside home. The Clark County sheriff received a tip from a mother who said her son bought synthetic marijuana or bath salts from the Quality Foods store he owns  in Bethel Township.

“We were seeing multiple overdoses and unexplained violent behavior,” explained Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

After a long investigation, today, investigators revealed they found 567 packets of synthetic marijuana, as well as thousands of dollars in cash inside Hmidal’s home.

One of his workers, Fadi Shoukri, was also arrested.

Months after that raid, investigators raided another Quality Foods, this one in Springfield, after a similar complaint from parents.

Investigators said they found bath salts, loaded guns, a taser that had been stolen from a Clark County Sheriff’s detective, as well as thousands of dollars in counterfeit merchandise.

The Springfield store owner, Muhammad Bajwa, and a worker, Aziz Ulhaq Zia, were arrested.

Sheriff Kelly agreed the indictments were a win for law enforcement, but says this type of drug is still a major problem that will take the entire community to solve.

“These people who are selling this drug are changing the chemical compounds constantly. Trying to stay one step ahead of the law,” said Sheriff Kelly.

The suspects will appear in court later this month. We will continue to follow these cases as they develop.

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