ROCKLAND, Maine — A Rockland man will remain behind bars after being arrested on a charge that he possessed bath salts for the second time.
Corey Conway, 41, was arrested Thursday afternoon by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Bail was set Friday in Rockland District Court at $2,500 cash. The defense attorney for the day at court said Conway would not be able to raise that amount.
The felony charge of aggravated trafficking in a synthetic hallucinogenic drug is the result of drugs seized Nov. 16 at his North Main Street residence. Conway was not arrested immediately to allow the MDEA to have the drugs tested by the state crime laboratory.
According to the affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by Scott Quintero, a special agent with MDEA, he had received a tip from a confidential informant that Conway was in possession of bath salts. Conway was on probation for a 2011 drug conviction so officers received permission from his probation officer to check on him.
When officers arrived, they were allowed in, and when Conway spotted them, he ran toward the bathroom, according to the affidavit.
Quintero said Conway was ordered to stop but he did not, and he was caught as he was lifting the lid of the toilet and reaching into his pockets.
Taken from his pocket was a package with a substance labeled PVP, according to the affidavit. Conway admitted to police that this was the same substance police had seized from him earlier and that he was told was illegal, according to the affidavit.
Conway said he needed to make extra money and he was planning to sell it to a man who was also found in the residence, the affidavit stated. Also in the residence were three children.
Defense attorney Lawrence Frier said Conway had contacted a drug rehabilitation center in Bangor the day before his arrest and had been trying to arrange for his admittance to a program. Frier asked that Conway be released on lower bail so that he would not lose his Medicaid eligibility which would pay for his rehabilitation.
Judge Daniel Billings rejected the request for lower bail that also had been opposed by Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody.