AUGUSTA, Maine — Bath salts have been illegal in Maine since 2011, but criminals are still buying them online, so state Sen. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, is sponsoring a bill to criminalize the importation of all synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.

The public hearing for the bill is 10 a.m. Friday in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, room 436 of the State House.

“Bath salts are dangerous and unpredictable. They are a threat to our communities,” Mazurek said in a statement. “My bill will make it illegal to bring bath salts into the state, giving law enforcement another tool in cracking down on the ongoing fight.”

Possession of synthetic bath salts is a violation of both federal and state laws and Mazurek’s bill would outlaw bringing the illegal drugs across county lines. As written, the bill would make importing bath salts a Class D crime.