NEWTON FALLS - Authorities have identified two people charged in connection with a raid at an East Church Street house earlier today.
Federal agents and police took into custody Ryan Kralik, 32, of Newton Falls, and Ruth Eimers, 36, of Ravenna, this morning.
A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging the two with conspiracy with intent to distribute bath salts, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. The arrest was made by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Authorities said the defendants own and operate a website named freshsalts.com, which offers for sale 10 to 15 different types of bath salts ranging in price from $29 to $59. Customers can also purchase bulk amounts of bath salts from the web site for between $299 and $459, according to the indictment.
The bath salts are offered for sale with names similar to slang terms for cocaine and heroin, such as "Eightballz Extreme," "Faux-Caine" and "Zombie Girls Extra Strength," among others, according to the indictment.
Police and agents swept into the house at 31 E. Church St. about 8 a.m. Agents and police spent at least five hours at the house before carrying several boxes marked "Evidence" from the residence.
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