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Toronto police raids lead to possible seizure of infamous ‘bath salts’ drug

Several samples of the drug "bath salts" are seen following a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday June 5, 2012.


Police raids on two downtown Toronto addresses Sunday, including an apartment on trendy Yorkville Avenue, led to the seizure of eight firearms along with a giant haul of drugs that may have included a quantity of the synthetic drug known as "bath salts."

If so, it would be one of the first Canadian seizures of the drug, which drew bizarre headlines last month when a man allegedly high on it was arrested in Miami and charged after eating a portion of another man's face.

In all, the drugs seized on the weekend were worth an estimated $1.5-million, including an $800,000 haul of crystal meth, police said.

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Bennett Vuong, 27, was already behind bars on other charges when officers executed a search warrant in his Yorkville apartment where they allegedly seized cash and drug equipment.

A second search of a house on Huron Street, north of Queen, led to the discovery of the firearms, which included seven handguns and an AK-47 assault rifle, and more drugs.

As well, police discovered a package labelled "bath salts," which was being tested for its contents, together with $175,000 allegedly found in Mr. Vuong's car.

In total, he faces a total of 82 charges involving drugs and guns.

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