BRITISH COLUMBIA

'Bath Salts' Drug Seized In B.C.

08/27/2012 10:00 EDT | Updated 10/27/2012 05:12 EDT
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, containers of bath salts, synthetic stimulants that mimic the effects of traditional drugs like cocaine and speed, sit on a counter at Hemp's Above in Mechanicsburg, Pa. On July 10, 2012, President Obama signed a law banning more than two dozen of the most common chemicals used to make the drugs. Over the past two years health care and law enforcement professionals have seen a surge in use of the drugs, often sold under the guise of bath salts, incense and plant food. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Chris Knight) MANDATORY CREDIT
A routine highway check near Nanaimo has resulted in what's believed to be the first-ever seizure in B.C. of a new recreational drug called "bath salts."

Police found the drug, which has been associated with violently psychotic behaviour, in a search of a truck that was parked on the shoulder of the Trans Canada highway early Sunday morning, Nanaimo RCMP say.

The drug is so new that it has not yet been classified by Health Canada, but Const. Sherry Wade said the find is a concern.

“It's a synthetic drug, a stimulant, similar to cocaine. And there's lots of stories, particularly in the States, with people just really going insane,” Wade said.

Wade said police also found several kilograms of marijuana, along with methamphetamine, GHB, LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and $30,000 dollars in cash during the search.

A 43-year-old Esquimalt, B.C., man is facing several drug trafficking charges.