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Del. police: Store owner had banned 'bath salts'

Saturday - 5/19/2012, 2:52pm  ET

NEWARK, Del. - Delaware State Police say the owner of a cigarette store in Newark has been charged with possessing banned "bath salts" designer drug.

Pervez Alikhan of Bear was arrested Thursday at Old Baltimore Pike Cigarettes, where police say they found 52 grams of bath salts hidden inside containers at the store and two more packets in Alikhan's pocket.

Police say they launched a three-week investigation after receiving tips that Alikhan was selling bath salts during business hours.

Alikhan is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and released on $22,000 unsecured bail.

Authorities say chemicals used to make bath salts can produce effects similar to those of cocaine, LSD and methamphetamine.

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