POLICE BEAT

Man charged with oxycodone, bath salts possession after alleged hallucination

Posted July 12, 2011, at 12:30 p.m.
Last modified July 12, 2011, at 3:50 p.m.
Corey Roi
Penobscot County Sheriff's Department
Corey Roi

BANGOR, Maine — A Bucksport man who told police there was a murderer in his truck Monday afternoon was arrested and charged with three drug-related offenses, including possession of “bath salts,” a newly outlawed synthetic drug that is known to cause hallucinations.

Corey Roi, 32, was yelling and acting strangely around 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Abundant Life Church on Broadway and told Bangor police Officer Mike Brennan there was an armed and dangerous man in his vehicle, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

“Roi claimed a man was in the backseat of his truck with a gun and that the man had just killed two people,” the sergeant said. “Officer Brennan searched the vehicle with Rio’s permission and found no one inside.”

Brennan did find two types of drugs — oxycodone and bath salts — and syringes, Edwards said.

Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine last week, usually contains mephedrone or Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV. Police, doctors and emergency responders have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users of the drug.

Roi was arrested and charged with felony possession of oxycodone. He also was charged with possession of bath salts, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possessing more than one driver’s license, Edwards said.

He was taken to the Penobscot County Jail. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison on the oxycodone charge. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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