Store Owners Charged With Posession Of Bath Salts

Carteret County deputies arrested two store owners early Saturday morning and charged them with possession of bath salts.

According to deputies Isam Asab Elquza and his wife Nehad Isam Elquza own and operate the “In and Out” convenience store across from East Carteret High School.

Deputies say the pair came to the scene of the “98 Cent Store” in Morehead City early Saturday morning where police officers and deputies were executing a search warrant.

Deputies searched their vehicle and located 1 gram of bath salts.

Sheriff Asa Buck says Elquza told him that the bath salts must have been left in his vehicle and that he did not know it was still there.

Sheriff Buck says he then informed Elquza that it did not matter; he is in possession of the illegal drugs and that he should know better due to the fact that he has been selling Spice and Bath Salts for months and is well aware that these substances are now illegal. It is his responsibility to make sure that he is not in possession of these drugs.

Sheriff Buck says, “I think it is quite fitting that someone who has been selling this poison in our community is now charged with the criminal possession of the same substance that he has been selling to people all these months simply to make money. The people who have been selling spice and bath salts know full well what these substances are being used for and their dangerous effects. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are morally deficient and now they are criminals in the eye of the law."

The new law banning spice and bath salts became effective on June 1st.

Isam Asab Elquza and Nehad Isam Elquza were both charged with Possession of MDPV (Bath Salts) and each received a $1,000 secured bond.


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  • by Bob on Jun 5, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    I must be completely out of the loop about bath salts being illegal. Aren't bath salts what woman drop in their bath? Or have people snorting these things now!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to Bob
      It was labeled as "Bath Salt" but these were being used as a legal substitute for cocaine.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2011 at 06:38 PM
    <<<< The people who have been selling spice and bath salts know full well what these substances are being used for and their dangerous effects. They should be ashamed of themselves. They are morally deficient>>>> Like people that sell alcohol and tobacco you mean?? and now they are criminals in the eye of the law." >>>> Oh, there's the difference. Tax Money.
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      by voter on Jun 4, 2011 at 09:02 PM in reply to
      could be to them, it doesn't matter if they sell to infidels. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/al-qaeda-video-buy-automatic-weapons-start-shooting/story?id=13704264
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      by BJ on Jun 5, 2011 at 03:58 AM in reply to
      what he means is the alcohol has the same effect, causes "some" people to go crazy, kill others, destroy property, but it is ok for it to be sold because we need the tax revenue
  • by susan Location: beaufort on Jun 4, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    why they dont after the people that made it leggel to sell in the first place
  • by susan Location: beaufort on Jun 4, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    it was a half gram get your story strait
  • by Jon Boy on Jun 4, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Say what you want but breaking the law is breaking the law. Dough if you were going 56 in a 55 is that not still breaking the law if the posted limit is 55. This country is so quick to try and give someone a slap on the wrist for something when they deserve a full punishment. Maybe someone needs to be made an example of. I think it's deserved someone selling it and knowing deep down what it's being used for and then they get busted for it. Some people believe in Karma and in this case it came back and done what it should have.
  • by P on Jun 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    These bath salts cost a little bit more than the usual try 40-80 buck range
  • by Keith Constable Location: Greenville on Jun 4, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    I assume that they were actually found in possession of MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone). Calling it "bath salts" makes the story sound like a joke or prank. Real bath salts are still legal.
  • by Anti-NAACP Location: Greenville on Jun 4, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    1 gram would leave one to believe that they were selling the salt in smaller amounts outside of the store. They should be charged with intent to distribute, as well.
  • by Doug Location: ENC on Jun 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    One gram would not even fill a teaspoon. I understand that the Sheriff is dying to charge these people, and maybe they deserve it, but nobody is safe if law enforcement chooses to be vindictive. That's like getting a ticket for going 56mph in a 55mph zone.
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      by voter on Jun 4, 2011 at 09:53 PM in reply to Doug
      it was broken down into smaller, individual "hits". certainly not for the intended use of bathing in. get it, sherlock? it's more like doing 200 in a 55. it's indicative of unlawful intent to distribute CDS. the sheriff knows what he's doing, you don't. most junkies don't buy their drugs by the kilo, they buy small packets of a gram or less.
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Jun 4, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    Soooo,what was found inside the 98 cent store? Did the pair own that also,or just being a customer?
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      by BJ on Jun 5, 2011 at 03:59 AM in reply to Vickie
      I agree, why not tell the rest of the story
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