HARRISONBURG, Va. -- A major bath salts case comes to an end in the Valley. Now a young woman connected to the case opens up about it and how it changed her life.
Bath salts are a synthetic drug that almost killed Ashley Whitmer about a year ago.
"I mean it still affects me every day," said Whitmer.
She says she bought the drugs from three men at Pamela's Secrets, an adult store in Harrisonburg.
Then one night when she was high on bath salts, she crashed her car and ended up in the hospital for 98 days.
Now that guilty verdict of all three men gives Whitmer closure.
"It makes me feel so much better that they're not out roaming the streets and possibly causing more problems in the community," said Whitmer.
"I feel like yesterday's verdict was a closure to a book that's went on since last year," said Whitmer's mother.
Her mother says she's also happy to see this bath salts case come to an end. She says both of her kids ruined their lives when they used the drug.
"It's like a devil drug, I mean it's like a demon in both of them. You couldn't talk to them, you couldn't do anything for them," said Whitmer's mother.
It's a federal case that could set an example for other synthetic drug busts.
"I think some people still have the wrong impression that if something is available over the counter at a store like Pamela's Secrets it can't be illegal," said U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy. "Well that's just wrong and this trial demonstrated that."
Heaphy says synthetic drugs are just as bad or worse than other illegal drugs, and the law recognizes that through this case.
Now Whitmer understands why.
"I don't want another family to go through what I'm going through. I've pretty much lost everything," said Whitmer.
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