BANGOR, Maine — A local man with a criminal history that dates back more than 20 years to his teenage years was arrested again Tuesday afternoon, this time with the synthetic drug bath salts.
Stephen Wood, 41, was caught in a sting led by Officers Steve Pelletier and Tim Shaw and conducted under Bangor Police Department’s special enforcement team, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.
Police received information concerning bath salts and Wood, who is out on bail and on probation, and caught up with him at around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at his home, the sergeant said. He reportedly was carrying a blue sweatshirt that concealed a box carrying drug paraphernalia and was arrested for violating his bail conditions, he said.
Wood told officers he had consumed the street drug bath salts and after a short visit to Eastern Maine Medical Center was brought to Penobscot County Jail.
“He got to jail and they searched him and found tin foil in his wallet with a white powdery substance,” Edwards said.
Wood was charged with possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, “i.e. bath salts,” 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.
Wood has convictions that date back to when he was age 19 and caught with alcohol, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
He was sentenced in January 2010 to six years in prison, with all but nine months suspended, for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, and he also was given three years of probation.
In the last 22 years, Wood has accumulated convictions for assault, failure to register or update information, violating conditions of release, operating under the influence and for being a habitual offender.