LINCOLN, Maine — Town police used a new state anti-bath salts law for the first time when they seized $5,000 to $10,000 worth of the synthetic drug during a court-approved search of an Enfield Road home on Sunday, Police Chief William Lawrence said Monday.
Bruce Smith, 56, and Lindsay Boyle, 23, of Lincoln were charged with unlawful trafficking in certain synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and cultivating marijuana. Both posted $700 bail and are due in Lincoln District Court on Nov. 22, Lawrence said.
Several weeks of tips received from informants culminated when police applied for a warrant to search 552 Enfield Road and got permission on Sunday, Lawrence said.
The search led to the discovery of 50 to 100 grams of bath salts and two marijuana plants, Lawrence said.
Called by a variety of street names, including Kryptonite, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Monkey Dust and Vanilla Sky, and named for their resemblance to bath salts, the illegal hallucinogenic is actually methylenedioxypyrovalerone, a stimulant that doctors say acts similar to Ecstasy.
It can be fatal or cause physical damage, increased blood pressure and heart rate, seizures, kidney damage and can also lead to severe psychosis marked by delusions, pronounced paranoia and hallucinations. Extreme depression and suicidal thoughts can also occur, as can agitation and aggressive behavior.
The state Legislature banned bath salts in July.
More arrests are expected, Lawrence said.