BREWER, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents have arrested a Brewer man on charges of trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs known as bath salts.
According to MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall, MDEA agents and Bangor police officers seized more than 120 grams of what they suspected to be bath salts from Joseph R. Landry, 50, on Nov. 16 in Bangor. Subsequent analysis at the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory determined the substance was Alpha-PVP, which is illegal to possess under Maine law. The entire seizure is valued at more than $18,000 with a conservative projected retail street value of $150 per gram.
“The typical single-use amount is one tenth of a gram. One hundred and 12 grams makes four ounces and four ounces of powder is quite a lot,” said Crandall. “It’s a lot of product.”
That would mean the entire seizure amounted to approximately 1,200 fixes for users.
Landry, who was arrested in Brewer with help from Brewer police on Tuesday, Jan. 10, is being held at Penobscot County Jail after making an initial court appearance for trafficking of Class B synthetic hallucinogen drugs last Friday. His bail is set at $25,000 cash. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Details of the investigation leading to the seizure and subsequent arrest are not being released as the overall investigation is ongoing.
Landry, who was arrested in Brewer and is listed as having a primary residence on North Main Street, is awaiting a March 7 court date at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.
Correction: This story was corrected to reflect that both Brewer and Bangor police officers assisted the MDEA in this incident.