Drug agents report seizing 2½ pounds of bath salts targeted for Knox County

Posted Dec. 14, 2011, at 3:29 p.m.
Travis Griffin
Maine State Police
Travis Griffin
Drugs confiscated by Maine State Police Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
Maine State Police
Drugs confiscated by Maine State Police Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

THOMASTON, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency personnel reportedly have seized 2½ pounds of bath salts intended to be sold in Knox County.

Agents found the drugs, which have a street value of $170,000, during searches last Friday of a house in Thomaston and a vehicle in Waterville, according MDEA Supervisor James Pease.

Travis Griffin, 26, of Thomaston was served a summons Tuesday for unlawful trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs. Griffin was served the paperwork at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where he is being held after his arrest last month in Waterville on a similar drug charge and probation violation, according to Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Pease said Griffin was part of a major bath salts distribution ring in Knox County.

Agents allegedly found 1½ pounds hidden at a vacant house Griffin and his family own on Old County Road in Thomaston. The remaining drugs were found in a Jeep that Griffin was a passenger in when Waterville police stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation just before Thanksgiving. Griffin and two other people were charged with trafficking by local police at that time.

The drugs were found hidden inside a video game console in the passenger compartment of the Jeep that police impounded after the arrests, according to McCausland.

In addition to Thomaston police, which assisted in the search of Griffin’s house, drug agents also were assisted by the sheriff’s offices in Knox and Lincoln counties and by Waterville and Rockland police.

Pease said additional arrests are expected in the near future as the investigation continues.

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