Created on Friday, 27 September 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge has ordered two eastern Ohio stores to shut down for a year over the sale of synthetic drugs.
Belmont County Judge Frank Fregiato (frih-JAH'-toh) ordered the owners of Fred's Party Stores to close the two businesses next month after finding evidence of illegal drug sales.
Fregiato's ruling earlier this week followed a complaint filed by Attorney General Mike DeWine in July over the sale of illegal drugs at the stores in Martins Ferry and Bridgeport marketed as "incense" and "potpourri."
A message was left with the attorney for the stores' owner.
DeWine is leading a crackdown on the drugs, sometimes called bath salts or herbal essence, being sold around the state.
The drugs can have effects similar to but longer-lasting than amphetamines.