10/24/2013 17:40 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

'Bath salts' sent by mail seized by RCMP and CBSA

A joint RCMP and Canadian Border Services Agency team showcased 16 kilograms of the dangerous synthetic drug known as 'bath salts' during a press conference in Kelowna Thursday morning.

"Between August 23 and 26, 2013, CBSA intercepted three suspicious packages weighing a total of approximately 16 kilograms at the International Mail Centre in Vancouver, B.C. The packages, originating from China, were destined to a company in West Kelowna," the RCMP's Serious and Organized Crime unit said in a press release.

The contents of the packages were labelled as table salt, but laboratory testing confirmed the packages did indeed contain methylone, a drug more commonly known as 'bath salts.'

According to police, the drug is highly addictive, with users experience an elevated heart rate and chest pains and a host of psychiatric symptoms such as paranoia, hallucinations, and psychotic behaviour.

Police arrested two West Kelowna women in connection with the seizure on Sept. 19, but no charges have been laid and both women have been released.