MB business owner booked for selling bath salts

Robert Stephen Mills (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Robert Stephen Mills (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A business owner found himself in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon as search warrants served on his store revealed he was selling a substance considered under a new law as a bath salt.

Captain David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, tells WMBF News that undercover agents entered the Red Hot Shoppe at 701 North Ocean Boulevard and purchased pentedrone, a chemical substance now classified as a bath salt substance under new regulations.

After those purchases, Knipes explains, officers with the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit and the Myrtle Beach Police Department executed two search warrants on the business resulting in the arrest of the 60-year-old shop owner Robert Steven Mills Jr.

Mills has been charged with two counts of distribution of substance in Schedule I, II or III and remains incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Bond has been set at $30,000.

Knipes adds that this case is still under investigation and more charges are possible.

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