Three Men Arrested for Distribution of Bath Salts
updated: Feb 08, 2013, 12:37 PM
Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Community: Suspects Arrested for Distribution of Bath Salts in Ventura County
Nature of Incident: Three Men Arrested for Distribution of Bath Salts
Report Number: 12-14632
Location: Moorpark / Thousand Oaks / West Jordan, Utah
Date & Time: June 2012 - January 2013
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Office / Ventura County District Attorney's Office
West Jordan Police Department / Federal Bureau of Investigation
(S)uspects City of Residence Age
Wright, Joshua Longfellow Moorpark 36
Sarrail, Brandon James Simi Valley 26
Riedel, Jonathan Kirk West Jordan, Utah 31
Three adults have been arrested and charged with the sale, possession for sale, and distribution of
"bath salts," the street name for illicit, synthetic stimulants containing methamphetamine-like
The distribution occurred through two local head shops in Eastern Ventura County in what may be the
first case of its kind in the state of California.
A head shop is a store that primarily sells products used by recreational drug users, such as glass
smoking pipes. The shops operate in a legal gray area, because many of their products can be
used to smoke or ingest either illegal drugs or tobacco.
An investigation into the Doughmain head shops in Moorpark and Thousand Oaks began when a
Moorpark woman crashed her car into a residence in June of 2012. The woman told deputies she
had used bath salts purchased from the Moorpark Doughmain store before the traffic collision.
An undercover detective purchased five different types of bath salts from Doughmain in Moorpark in
Another detective purchased two different types of bath salts from Doughmain in Thousand Oaks in
In September 2012, investigators served search warrants at both Doughmain store locations and atthe
residence of Joshua Wright, the owner of Doughmain. They seized hundreds of packages of
bath salts, spice, and other synthetic stimulants.
The investigation also revealed a connection to a man in Utah who was supplying many of the bath salts
to Doughmain. A coordinated investigation between the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and
the West Jordan Police Department in Utah led to a search warrant being served at the residence of
Jonathan Riedel in Utah.
Investigators seized hundreds of pounds of plants, powders, and pills
as well as a vehicle, $22,000 in cash, and silver valued at $23,000.
Because certain ingredients in the bath salts are considered controlled substances in the state of
California, the three suspects have been charged with distribution of a controlled substance under
the same charges as if they were distributing and selling methamphetamine or ecstasy.
Bath salts are potent, addictive, and extremely dangerous. While they are packaged and sold to look like
legitimate products that are legal to sell or possess, they are not. Bath salts are marketed
under names such as Blizzard, Bliss, Blue Silk, Ivory Snow, Pure Ivory, Purple Wave, Stardust, Vanilla Sky,
White Lightning, White Knight, Pump It, Amped, and Bubbles.
Law enforcement agencies are working to shut down the sales of these products being sold through
businesses in Ventura County, and public awareness is a key to confronting this problem. It is
important for parents, educators, and medical professionals to be aware of these products and to
inform children, students, and patients about the dangers of these items marketed as synthetic
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