News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 29, 2012
Contact: Public Information Officer
Number: 206-553-1162

Three Charged in Conspiracy to Import and Distribute Bath Salts

AUG 29 - (Anchorage, Alaska) -  On August 23, 2012, three men were charged by indictment for conspiring to import controlled substances from China and distributing them in Alaska. Robin Gattis, 19, of Wasilla, Chad Joseph Cameron, 18, of Palmer, and Stephen Kimbrell, 20, of Soldotna, were charged by a federal grand jury with one count of conspiracy to import a controlled substance known as methylone to Alaska from China between October 2011 and July 2012.

The indictment also alleges that on July 30, 2012, all three defendants possessed methylone with the intent to distribute it on July 24, 2012. Methylone, known by the street names “molly” or “M-1,” is part of a family of synthetic, designer drugs commonly known as “bath salts”. Additionally, Gattis was charged with importing methylone from China in both February and July 2012, and with possession of methylone with the intent to distribute it in February 2012.

The defendants each face a maximum of twenty years in prison on each count that they are charged.

The case leading up to the indictment was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), and the Alaska State Troopers Mat-Su Drug Unit.