Waterville man arrested twice in 24 hours on bath salts, other charges

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 09, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville man was arrested twice in 24 hours last week and is facing multiple charges, police said.

Jason Stephenson, 37, was originally nabbed when police caught him operating a vehicle after his license was suspended around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

As police were searching him in the booking room of the station after his arrest, Officer Jason Longley discovered a plastic package containing an undisclosed pill, Rumsey said.

Shortly after the officer put the drugs on a counter, Stephenson lunged mouth-first, grabbing the package with his teeth and swallowing the baggie and the pill, Rumsey explained.

Concerned for his safety, police brought Stephenson to MaineGeneral Hospital to be examined, and he was brought to Kennebec County Jail after he was cleared, where he was charged with falsifying criminal evidence and operating under suspension. He was later released on $500 bail.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, police went to Stephenson’s apartment to conduct a bail check, and a small amount of marijuana and hypodermic needles were found, Rumsey said. Stephenson was placed under arrest and charged with violation of condition of release.

While he was being booked, police noticed Stephenson messing around with something by his shoes, and during inspection, he tossed a folded dollar bill on the floor, Rumsey said.

The dollar bill contained a white powder which tested positive for the synthetic drug bath salts, resulting in Stephenson being charged with unlawful possession of a synthetic hallucinogenic drug, a Class C felony.

Stephenson is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 15.

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