POLICE BEAT

Police raid Old Town trailer, arrest three in bath salts trafficking case

Posted Aug. 31, 2011, at 1 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 31, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Police raided a Lonnie Loop trailer Saturday night and arrested three of the people inside, one for trafficking in the synthetic drug bath salts, Old Town Police Sgt. Scott Casey said Wednesday.

After receiving tips about possible drug dealing at the Regency Trailer Park residence of Matthew Tardiff, 23, police conducted a search and arrested Tardiff, Joshua Smith, 28, of Milford, and Kayte Emerson, 18, of Greenbush.

“They seized drugs — a white powder they suspect to be bath salts — and other drugs, paraphernalia and dangerous knives,” Casey said.

Marijuana and an undisclosed amount of cash also were taken as evidence by police, the sergeant said. Officer James Slauenwhite was the lead investigator.

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.

Tardiff was charged with unlawful trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs for the bath salts, trafficking in dangerous knives and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was charged with possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, trafficking in dangerous knives, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Emerson was charged with violating her conditions of release.

All three were taken to Penobscot County Jail at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and Smith and Emerson remained in jail at Wednesday night. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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