June 24, 2018
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Drugs found in abandoned Aroostook motor home may be bath salts

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is testing a cache of drugs found late last week inside an abandoned motor home to determine if they include bath salts.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said this week that the Fort Fairfield Police Department responded to a report of a motor home that had been abandoned in the parking lot of a local business.

When the police arrived, they entered to make sure that no one was inside and to try and determine who owned the motor home. They found it empty, except for items the officers suspected may have been used to manufacture illegal drugs. They called MDEA agents, who secured a search warrant to investigate further.

Crandall said that agents and chemists seized a number of items from the motor home which are being analyzed at the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta. Some of the drugs found are believed to be the synthetic drugs commonly referred to as bath salts. The designer drugs can cause paranoia, convulsions and psychotic behavior.

Other types of drugs also were found in the motor home and are being analyzed. The Fort Fairfield Police Department, Fort Fairfield Fire Department, Aroostook Emergency Management Agency, Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Presque Isle Fire Department’s HAZMAT team assisted the MDEA lab team.

Crandall said Wednesday that MDEA agents have identified who owns the motor home, but have not yet determined how it became abandoned in Fort Fairfield. He would not name the owner and said no one has been arrested yet as the investigation continues.

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