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Bath Salts Crackdown

Bath Salts Crackdown

ALBANY, NY (WENY)---The sale of bath salts is now illegal across the United States but some headshops in New York state are selling the illegal drug through a loophole. Now, the Empire State's attorney general is suing 12 headshops--including one in the Southern Tier-- in an effort to close the loophole and get bath salts off the streets.

This lawsuit comes after an undercover investigation by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. The operation found 12 shops in the empire state selling bath salts and other designer drugs under a different name-that's a violation of federal and state laws.

Incense, glass cleaner, and dietary supplements--that's what some headshops are calling bath salts. It's a back door way of selling the now illegal drug.

Federal and state laws require all consumer commodities to be properly labeled. If these drugs were properly labeled they wouldn't be allowed on the shelves.

Now, the attorney general is suing the 12 shops including Rolling Fire Glassworks in Binghamton. The suit seeks an immediate end to the sale of the mislabeled drugs and for headshops to properly label the drugs by citing the active ingredients in the products.

The sale of bath salts is now illegal. President Barack Obama signed the legislation on Monday. If head shops properly label these items, that means they won't be able to sell them.