OLD TOWN, Maine — Two Bangor residents who decided to park along Kirkland Road last week were noticed by police, who found the synthetic drug bath salts on them, Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said Tuesday.
Shawn Botson, 26, a transient, and Sandra Manning, 24, both face charges of unlawful furnishing in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs in connection with the Aug. 15 incident, the sergeant said.
The car, driven by Botson, was parked along the rural roadway at around 4:40 a.m. when noticed by Officers Christine McAvoy and James Slauenwhite, who stopped to check them, Casey said.
Drug paraphernalia were found and Botson, who was out on bail, was immediately arrested. When the officers ran Manning’s name through their computer, “they found she had two outstanding warrants for her arrest,” the sergeant said.
Along with the paraphernalia, the pair had a container of bath salts, Casey 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.
Manning, who was arrested on the warrants, also was found with a diverted prescription pill and was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
Both suspects were taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and were later released on bail, a jail official said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)