POLICE BEAT

Bangor man on bath salts carried assault-style rifle through city, police say

Posted July 27, 2011, at 12:50 p.m.
Last modified July 27, 2011, at 3:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police said they were called to Walter Street on Tuesday night to deal with a man acting erratically who reportedly had consumed the synthetic drug bath salts and took off carrying an assault-style rifle.

The man later was picked up carrying ammunition and showed police where he had stashed an M4 rifle wrapped in a blanket. Police, who did not identify the 31-year-old man or arrest him after questioning, said he may face charges.

A downstairs neighbor who identified herself as the man’s ex-girlfriend told police at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday that he had used bath salts and was “stating that people were coming out of his mattress,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a press release Wednesday.

The man also told police he had used the newly outlawed man-made stimulant, the sergeant said.

Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine at the beginning of July, 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.

The woman told police that her ex-boyfriend had left Walter Street with an assault-style rifle.
When Bangor police Officers Joshua Kuhn and Joe Baillargeon and a commanding officer, Lt. Jeff Millard, went into the man’s Walter Street apartment, they saw an empty rifle case on the couch, Edwards said.

Police searched the apartment and surrounding area. Detective Brent Beaulieu and Officer Dan Sanborn found the man on Buck Street a few minutes later.

“When questioned about the rifle, the suspect gave up a location on Buck Street where

he stated that the rifle was hidden in a shack,” Edwards said. “Officers quickly found the location and did in fact find an M4 rifle in two pieces wrapped in a blanket. A subsequent search of the suspect’s backpack netted a full magazine and 18 separate rounds of .223 [caliber] ammunition.”

He did not tell police why he removed the gun from his apartment or what his plan was, the sergeant said, adding, “we did confiscate the gun.”

A local agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was called and, along with Bangor police, interviewed the suspect.

The man was released Tuesday evening. The case is being reviewed for possible state and-or federal charges, Edwards said.

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