SALISBURY, N.C. -- A woman accused of trafficking synthetic drugs she purchased online has had a run-in with the law.

Following a three-month-long investigation by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit, 39-year-old Deborah Northam Loining was arrested Monday for possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

The Sheriff's Office says Loining was involved with others in a synthetic drug distribution ring; they continued that Loining purchased synthetic drugs online, such as bath salts and Mephedrone, which is a synthetic stimulate that authorities say mimics the effects of cocaine and other amphetamines.

The Special Investigations Unit received information that Loining would be picking up a suspected shipment of bath salts Monday. Investigators waited until she procured the drugs, then pulled her vehicle over on East Innes Street in Salisbury Monday.

A search of Loining's residence in the 600 block of Sweet Gum Lane in Salisbury turned up multiple items that authorities say tested positive for Mephedrone. Other suspected controlled substance items, according to the Sheriff's Office, are awaiting a lab analysis to determine their chemical make-up.

Loining is currently charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule I and possession of drug paraphernalia, but the Sheriff's Office says additional charges are likely.

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