June 21, 2018
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Presque Isle man charged with trafficking in bath salts

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A local man was arrested and charged on Thursday after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency allegedly caught him accepting a shipment of synthetic cathinones, commonly referred to as “bath salts,” at his residence.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said in a statement Friday that Joshua Dunn, 25, was arrested at 10 Haines Street by agents and the Presque Isle Police Department.

Agents and police executed a search warrant at the home after Dunn took possession of packages containing what agents believed to be bath salts, the commander said.

Crandall said agents were nearby conducting surveillance and saw Dunn accept the two packages.

They had already obtained a search warrant and executed it almost immediately. During the search of Dunn’s residence, agents and officers seized the two packages and their contents, according to Crandall.

The combined weight of the drugs from both packages is just under 400 grams, or nearly a pound, he said. Agents also seized $900 in cash.

Dunn was on bail for Class B felony trafficking in synthetic hallucinogens after his arrest by agents in December 2012.

He was charged with the same offense on Thursday, as well as with violation of conditions of release. He remained at the Aroostook County Jail late on Friday afternoon.

He could face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Crandall said that agents throughout the state continue to encounter incoming shipments of bath salts. Most of these shipments originate in China and arrive through the U.S. Postal Service and commercial parcel services. Given the volume of these shipments, significant MDEA resources are being expended to intercept or prohibit them, as well as to investigate those individuals who import these drugs.

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