June 23, 2018
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Rockland woman charged with bringing drugs into jail

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 40-year-old Rockland woman remains in jail after being charged last week with possessing bath salts and bringing other illegal drugs into the jail following her arrest.

Melony Beal was arrested Thursday afternoon at her home and charged with unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs. Maine Drug Enforcement Agent Mark Tibbetts and Warden Mark Merrifield went to Beal’s home after her car had been stopped with two other individuals in it who were involved in illegal drug activity, according to police.

When the officers spoke with her, Beal acknowledged she only shot up with legal drugs she had bought over the Internet, according to a police affidavit filed in Rockland District Court. Police found her purse — containing needles, straws and white residue — hidden in a child’s room, according to the affidavit.

Beal also told the officers that bath salts did not make her crazy but gave her a good high that she enjoyed, according to the affidavit.

Upon her arrest, an officer noticed a bulge in her pants and asked if she had anything illegal hidden there and she said it was only a large sanitary napkin. The officer again warned her that she would be searched at the Knox County Jail and would be facing a new charge if she brought the drugs into the jail.

At the jail, she was searched and a bag with straws, suboxone and a baggie marked “Tiger’s Blood concentrated bath salts” was found. Upon being charged with bringing the drugs into the jail, Beal acknowledged she needed help, according to the affidavit.

Bail was set Friday afternoon in court at $2,000 cash. She remained at the jail Monday.

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