May 23, 2018
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MDEA: Abandoned motor home used to smoke bath salts

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — Officials with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say that an abandoned motor home found in Fort Fairfield three months ago was not being used to manufacture drugs, but agents believe that equipment and materials found in the facility were being used to smoke bath salts.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said on Thursday that agents found devices and other materials that were being used to smoke synthetic cathinones, commonly known as bath salts — designer drugs that can cause paranoia, convulsions and psychotic behavior. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, bath salts with names such as Ivory Snow, Red Dove, Bliss, Hurricane Charlie and Vanilla Sky can be snorted, smoked or injected.

The owner of the motor home, 32-year old Ryan Ellis of Bangor, is currently incarcerated on charges of possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and was in jail when the motor home was searched. He has not been charged in connection with the Fort Fairfield case.

A cache of drugs was found in the motor home in November after it was left in the parking lot of a local business. Police have not released any information about what drugs were found in the motor home.

The Fort Fairfield Police Department did report finding items the officers suspected may have been used to manufacture illegal drugs. They called MDEA agents, who secured a search warrant to investigate further.

Agents and chemists seized a number of items, which were analyzed at the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta.

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