Bangor transient caught with bath salts under porch, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 14, 2012, at 3:18 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A resident of First Street reported that someone apparently was sleeping underneath a porch on Friday, but police found no one during the first check, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

A second call was made just after noon and Officers Mike Brennan and Paul Colley spotted Russell Johnsen, 45, a Bangor-area transient, under a nearby porch.

“He said he was looking for cans and bottles,” Edwards said.

Johnsen, who was arrested for theft on Feb. 8 by Brewer police after he allegedly tried to leave the Hannaford supermarket in Brewer with three bottles of liquor concealed in his backpack, was out on bail and was searched.

Police found more than one small plastic bag of synthetic bath salts drugs on him, Edwards said.

A test of the powder was positive for MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, a key component in the lab-made drug, the sergeant said.

Johnsen was charged with unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, violating his bail conditions and the sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

He was convicted of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug in December and sentenced to pay a $400 fine, according to prior court listings in the Bangor Daily News.

Johnsen was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest Friday and later released, Edwards said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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