Police: Woman who passed off salt as meth calls 911 when angry customers return

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CENTRALIA, Wash. - Police in Centralia said a woman called 911 and was desperate for help because people were pounding on her door, angry that she sold them salt but told them it was methamphetamine.

 

Centralia Officer Corey Butcher said the bright white salt crystals don't really look similar to chunky shards of meth.

 

“People who use it know exactly what it’s like, and frankly, I’m amazed she would even try that,” said Butcher.

 

Apparently hoping that a few cents worth of salt in a bag would pass for hundreds of dollars of meth, Melisa Akers wasn’t prepared when her customers returned for a refund and called 911, police said.

 

When police responded to Akers’ call, they found her smoking marijuana with three teenage boys, officers said.

 

“It’s hard to put into words the level of intelligence that goes along with this,” said Butcher. “No brains at all.”

 

Akers was arrested on charges of providing marijuana to minors.