A Newton Falls man and a Ravenna woman were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for selling illegal bath salts on the internet.
Ryan Kralik, 32, and Ruth Eimers, 36, were indicted on six counts each of federal drug charges and charges for using the internet to commit a crime.
Federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday raided Kralik’s 31 E. Church Street home. Agents took multiple bags of evidence. Kralik and Eimers were arrested at his home.
Kralik, according to court records, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Burke in Akron. A detention hearing was scheduled for Monday in Youngstown to see if he will remain jailed during his court case.
The indictment says Kralik owned and operated the website Freshsalts.com between May 2012 and June 19. Eimers helped him pack and ship orders and was Kralik’s record keeper, charges say.
They sold 10 to 15 different types of bath salts imported from China for $29 to $59 for a quarter or half gram. Customers could also buy the drugs in bulk for between $299 and $459, the indictment says.
The bath salts were given names similar to slang terms for other drugs, the charges say, including “Eightballz Extreme,” “Faux-Caine,” “Zombie Girls Extra Strength” and “8Ballz of Fire,” among others, charges say.
The customers would then purchase bath salts with money orders or cashiers checks to R.M. Kralik, by Western Union wire transfer to Ryan Kralik in Warren or by sending cash sent to FGS in Diamond, the charges say.
The indictment also says Kralik marketed the drugs to be sold to customers, saying they could make up to $400 if they bought a “Retail Sampler Pack” priced at $409. They used mint extract to flavor some bath salts and to cut the drug, charges say.
Charges say they sold shipments of bath salts between Oct. 29, 2012 and Nov. 7 to customers in Huron County, Mich. and three times to undercover agents, who paid up to $484 for a shipment.
Agents found Kralik Feb. 6 with 110.4 grams of bath salts, guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, charges say. Neighbors said agents first showed up at the home about that time.
“These people are very mysterious,” said neighbor Richard Powell. “We almost never saw them. They kept to themselves.”
In 2011, Ohio and Pennsylvania passed legislation banning bath salts and other synthetic drugs.