Dealers & Users Move from “Bath Salts” to “Jewelry Cleaner”

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ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI – FOX2now.com) — Synthetic cocaine dealers are ignoring doctors and scientists, while pushing increasingly dangerous substances. Fox 2 was the first to tell you about supposed bath salts, almost a year ago. Dealers now think they have a new way to hide from the law. The potent hallucinogen was first hidden in packaging called bath salts. Now dealers are hiding potentially deadly cocaine like powder in packaging called ‘jewelry cleaner.’

The latest stuff is called Cosmic Blast. It would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous because the package says, “mix with 1 cup water, add jewelry and shake for 20 seconds.”

We bought the Cosmic Blast at Retro-Active in Jamestown Mall, where the salesman made it clear he was selling powders for people to abuse. He said, “The Cosmic Blast… some people like it, some people don’t. It’s like, it’s a toss up with any of these because they all affect the body differently.”

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FOX2 took the powder to the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office for testing.

Toxicologist Dr. Christopher Long said it’s “a whole new toxic dimension.”

He said the Cosmic Blast, jewelry cleaner, not only contains the stimulant/hallucinogen MDPV (which we’ve exposed in the past), but also Naphyrone, which he said could spread changes in your body for days.

Dr. Long said, “There’s no stop so your body temperature goes up well over 100, maybe 106, 7, 108 — in which case you’d fry your own brains. You’d cook your brains in your skull and when it does this then you become completely crazy.”

Fox 2 has already revealed the psychotic behavior of users of the lesser version. We tried showing the test results to Retro-Active owner Gary Grafeman at his St. Peters store.

He protested, “I don’t want to be on camera.”

[Chris Hayes responded] “If you’re selling this I think it’s fair that you’re on camera answering why.”

[Grafeman] “Why? Because it’s a legal product.”

[Hayes] “OK, but it could kill somebody.”

[Grafeman] “I don’t sell it at this store and no, no,

[Hayes] You said it doesn’t contain MDPV. It does.

[Grafeman] No it doesn’t

[Hayes] You want to see the results?

[Grafeman] Yes

He took a quick glance of the report from the St. Louis County Toxicology lab, and then said he didn’t believe it. He went inside his store and faxed us his own test results from a Virginia lab. It shows Cosmic Blast does not contain MDPV, which will be banned in Missouri at the end of this month. His report does not show what Cosmic Blast *does contain.

Grafeman told me off camera, he can’t be held responsible for abusers.

Dr. Long had this perspective, saying “There’s a human frailty involved with drugs and certain people are far more fragile than others. So if they get a hold of this they’ll be finished.”

Retro-Active’s owners told me off camera they pride themselves on following the law and they will comply the law as it changes. Keep in mind; the synthetic cocaine is no more jewelry cleaner than it was bath salts. It’s all just a trick to hide a stimulant hallucinogen.

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