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Letcher grand jury charges six with having ‘bath salts’




The synthetic stimulant known as “bath salts” is shown in photo above. (AP photo)

The synthetic stimulant known as “bath salts” is shown in photo above. (AP photo)

Four Jenkins area residents and two from Pike County have been indicted in Letcher County under Kentucky’s new law banning possession of the stimulant drug known as “bath salts.”

The six were arrested by Jenkins Police officers on April 29, about five weeks after a new state law banning the possession and sale of synthetic drugs was signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear.

The bath salts drug abusers ingest to get high have nothing in common with legal products used in bathing, but are so named because their powdery appearance resembles that of legal brands such as Ivory Snow. Still easily available on the Internet and sold under names like Ivory Wave and Vanilla Sky, the illegal bath salts often contain MDPV and other powerful stimulants which affect the body’s central nervous system and can result in users becoming violent and psychotic.

Possession of illegal bath salts and other “analog” drugs in Kentucky is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.

The Letcher County Grand Jury handed the indictments up to Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright last week after hearing testimony from former Jenkins Police Chief Adam Swindall, who has since joined the Elkhorn City police force.

According to court records, police were called to a camper parked on Cove Drive in Jenkins, where the six who are indicted were found along with two containers of bath salts. Possession charges were filed against all six after none of them would admit to ownership of the synthetic drug.

Those indicted and the charges against them are:

• Dorothy D. Adams — possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Adams, 24, 265 Lizzie Fork Road, Pikeville, is accused of possessing a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts, on April 29.

In a separate indictment, Adams is charged with bail jumping for failing to appear at the Letcher District Courtroom for arraignment on May 9.

Letcher County Deputy Court Clerk Sandra Wright testified in the second case.

• Shane Lee Bartley — possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bartley, 38, of 85 Marshalls Branch, Jenkins, is accused of possessing a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts on April 29.

In a separate indictment, Bartley is charged with bail jumping for failing to appear at the Letcher District Courtroom for arraignment on May 9.

Deputy Clerk Wright also testified in the second case against Bartley.

• Tony Michael Smith — possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being a persistent felony offender.

Smith, 50, 13498 Hwy. 805, Jenkins, is charged with possessing a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts on April 29.

• Anthony Shawn Hall — possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hall, 24, P.O. Box 138, Jenkins, is charged with possessing a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts on April 29.

• Kimberly M. Brewer — possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brewer, 44, 126 Wright Hollow, Jenkins, is charged with possessing a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts on April 29.

• Jenna L. Johnson — possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Johnson, 23, P.O. Box 381, Dorton, is charged with possessing a controlled substance commonly known as bath salts on April 29.


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