CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Georgia company that makes bath salts and other synthetic drug chemicals is temporarily banned from selling or advertising them in West Virginia.
Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced Thursday that a judge had granted a preliminary injunction banning Nutragenomics Manufacturing LLC of Alpharetta, Ga., from doing business in the state.
McGraw sued the company in April, claiming it was a “significant distributor” of ingredients used to make drugs known as bath salts and synthetic marijuana, among other things. He said the company markets the products through multiple websites and ships them by mail.
The injunction requires the company to prominently place a notice on its website that it is banned from selling to West Virginia customers. It also must provide a database of all its customers from West Virginia from Jan. 1, 2008, to the present and the amount of products they ordered. The company also cannot claim that its chemical compounds are legal or benign.
“Cutting off the supply of these illicit substances at the source is central to ending this debilitating menace,” McGraw said in a statement.
Stewart Mones, an attorney representing Nutragenomics, declined to comment, saying he had not read the order.
A state law went into effect in April 2011 targeting chemicals meant to produce effects similar to cocaine and marijuana. The drugs have street names such as K2, Spice and bath salts.
Federal law bans specific ingredients used in the manufacturing and sale of synthetic drugs, but McGraw and Chad Napier, commander of the Metro Drug Unit in Kanawha and Putnam counties, have said manufacturers change the molecular structure of the ingredients in order to skirt the law.