Two men accused of possession of bath salts, police say

Posted Dec. 11, 2012, at 9:32 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 11, 2012, at 1:29 p.m.

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BANGOR, Maine — Two men are facing multiple drug charges after bath salts and other drugs were found in their pickup truck Monday morning, according to police.

Bangor police Officer Dennis Townsend was sent to Fourteenth Street Extension near Valley Avenue just before 7 a.m. after a truck was found running with two men inside it, according to Sgt. Paul Edwards.

When Townsend tapped on the window, the operator, Mark Ryder, 28, of Old Town was startled by the officer, according to Edwards.

Upon questioning by Townsend, Ryder “was pivoting back and forth, reaching for objects and sweating profusely,” the sergeant said, leading Townsend to believe Ryder may have used the hallucinogenic drug bath salts.

Ryder allegedly also kept reaching under his leg despite multiple warnings from the officer to keep his hands on the steering wheel, according to Edwards, and when Townsend opened the truck’s door, a 12-inch knife was found under Ryder’s leg.

Ryder was immediately taken into custody while his passenger, Foster Kane, a 47-year-old transient, was removed from the truck by backup officers, Edwards said.

The men were placed into custody and a search of the truck turned up several items of drug paraphernalia, Edwards said, along with powdery substances that tested positive for bath salts and cocaine.

“Further lab testing will be required to confirm the tests,” Edwards said.

Ryder was charged with unlawful possession of a hallucinogenic drug, unlawful possession of a scheduled drug and carrying a concealed weapon, while Kane was booked on a charge of unlawful possession of a hallucinogenic drug.

Both men were taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail.

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