MDEA awaiting test results on suspected bath salts found in Fort Fairfield

Posted Jan. 12, 2012, at 6:22 p.m.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is still awaiting test results to see if a cache of drugs found in an abandoned motor home in November included bath salts.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said Thursday that the test results are not back yet on the drugs that were found in the motor home that had been abandoned in the parking lot of a local business.

There also have been no arrests at this point.

The Fort Fairfield Police Department first entered the motor home to make sure no one was inside and to try to determine who owned it. 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 compound commonly referred to as bath salts. The designer drug can cause paranoia, convulsions and psychotic behavior.

Other types of drugs also were found in the motor home and are being analyzed.

Crandall said that MDEA agents have identified who owns the motor home, but are not releasing the owner’s name because the investigation is still open.

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