Two people were arrested Thursday in Edgewater on warrants charging them with selling illegal bath salts. The arrest warrants and a search warrant were executed by the Volusia County Eastside Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the Edgewater Police Department.
Undercover agents had visited the convenience store at 325 N. Ridgewood Ave. on two previous occasions in August and purchased suspected bath salts. The items were tested and showed positive results for chemicals listed as illegal in Florida. Investigators then obtained arrest warrants on Wednesday for 44-year-old Anis Ahmed (5/2/68) and 34-year-old Guadalupe Martinez (12/31/77), charging them each with once count of sale and delivery of methylmethcathinone (bath-salts). They were transported Thursday to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and booked in with $15,000 bond.
A search warrant was also executed Thursday and investigators seized more packets of suspected bath salts and synthetic marijuana for further investigation and testing. There were also several items of suspected drug paraphernalia the business had displayed for sale, such as: cannabis vaporizers with attached gas masks, methamphetamine pipes, crack cocaine pipes, digital weight scales of various sizes and designs meant to disguise them, cannabis grinders, and items used for the prevention of drug detection such as devises that are worn around the waist under clothing and come filled with synthetic urine to assist a person when providing a urine sample for drug testing.
Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents were notified of the warrant and when they responded they gave the business owner a notice of a continuing investigation by their agency. The City of Edgewater code enforcement also responded and issued a notice of temporary closure until various violations were corrected.
The Eastside Narcotics Task Force is a multi-agency force of investigators from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Ormond Beach Police Department, Edgewater Police Department and New Smyrna Beach Police Department that shares resources and crosses jurisdictional boundaries to combat street-level drug and vice crimes.