A Sheriff’s Department task force served warning letters to businesses throughout the county advising them the sales of “bath salts” or “spice,” as they are commonly called, are not permitted in the county. Five teams of deputies served notices at 21 locations in San Bernardino County to give them the opportunity to surrender any illicit products and avoid criminal prosecution. Five locations voluntarily surrendered the synthetic drug product most commonly referred to as “spice.” Business owners surrendered 179 packets of spice from store shelves. The other 16 locations said they no longer sold the substances or were going to return the product and get their money back. Deputies who delivered the letters spoke with business owners about the legal ramifications of selling synthetic drugs. “Spice” and “bath salts” have been scientifically formulated to create the same effects of more common drugs. The “fake” substances are not detected on standard drug tests, so abuse tends to run rampant in the military and other professions in which drug testing is common. The highly addictive, synthetic drugs are marketed as potpourri, decorative sand, shoe deodorizers, or glass cleaner; however they have nothing in common with the products they are advertised to be. They are packaged using bright colors and cartoon characters in an obvious ploy to attract children. The psychotic results of the synthetic drugs are severe and addictive.