June 21, 2018
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Police believe bath salts used by Belfast duo who locked themselves in store bathroom

Waldo County Jail | BDN
Waldo County Jail | BDN
Devin Sprague
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A Swanville man was still in police custody Friday after being arrested earlier this week on a charge of possession of synthetic hallucinogens, which police believe are bath salts.

Sgt. Walter Corey and Officer Rick Smith were called at about 9:45 p.m. Monday night to the Belfast Variety store on High Street to respond to a complaint that a man and woman were in the store’s bathroom and wouldn’t come out, according to Chief Mike McFadden.

“Even after the officers arrived, it took the individuals some time to get out of the bathroom,” he said.

When Devin Sprague, 22, of Swanville and Rebecca Rogers, 29, of Searsmont finally exited the restroom, the duo told officers a story that “just didn’t add up,” McFadden said. The police determined that they were under the influence of something, and learned that Sprague had probation conditions from a previous incident that prohibited him from using drugs or alcohol.

The officers searched the duo and found small, empty baggies that bath salts are commonly packed into, hypodermic needles and a pipe.

After arresting Sprague, they brought him to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked. He remained in custody at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, according to a jail official, who said there was no information available about whether bail has been set.

Rogers was issued a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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