FAIRFIELD, Maine — Cops in this Somerset County town seized a 200-packet shipment of bath salts intended for Bargains R Us on Friday, the same business where police reportedly located 165 packages of the synthetic hallucinogenic drug earlier in the week.
The packets, which had a street value of $15,000, according to police, were black, blue and white and had “AMP” on the front.
The Associated Press reported the two seizures had a total street value of about $27,000.
“Hopefully we’ve put a damper on it at this point,” Fairfield Police Chief John Emery said Tuesday.
Emery said that Bargains R Us owner John Linscott was expecting 90 packages of bath salts to be delivered to his business on Sept. 7, a day after the original raid.
Police subsequently notified UPS about the package, but it was not delivered on Sept. 7.
“When the package didn’t arrive, we revisited Mr. Linscott and had him call his supplier to find out if it had been shipped,” Emery said.
Police listened to the conversation by speaker phone, and the contact, according to Emery, informed Linscott that 90 packages of bath salts would be en route within a day or two, and an additional order for 110 packages also would be shipped.
Fairfield police went to a UPS office in Waterville on Friday morning and seized the 200 packages, Emery said.
Further charges against Linscott are possible, according to Emery.
“We need to talk with the District Attorney’s office,” he said.
Emery also notified the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to pursue Linscott’s out-of-state dealer.
Bath salts were banned in Maine in July, and Linscott was charged with trafficking in the drug after the original raid, and subsequently made bail.
The drugs have been a significant problem in the Bangor area, and Emery is hopeful the central part of the state won’t have the same issues.
“I’m hoping this is the end of it, but we’ll see,” he said.