Police: bath salts circulating around city of Jenkins

By: Paige Quigginsq Email
By: Paige Quigginsq Email

JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT) - Synthetic drugs have been banned in Kentucky, but police said it is still a problem.

One Letcher County police department said they have had more than one bust recently.

The Jenkins City Police Chief said several arrests have been made in the past two weeks after they found people allegedly trying to sell bath salts.

Police said it is a popular drug from teens to those in their fifties.

“It can be done intravenously it can be smoked, it can be snorted like a pill,” said Jenkins City Police Chief Allen Bormes.

Jenkins police said they recovered dozens of packages of "bath salts" in the past two weeks. They said people met to sell it at an old baseball field, which is on Jenkins school property.

Police said most of the experiences they have had with the drug in the past is that it traveled through the mail. They said people had it delivered to a P.O. box where they paid for it via cash on delivery or C.O.D.

“Along with drug activity you get a range of other crimes, robberies, burglaries,” said Bormes.

Officials said it has effects similar to P.C.P. and L.S.D. and the uncertainty of the behavior is what scares them the most.

“Anywhere from just twitching around like a seizure or involuntary muscle spasm to extremely violent,” said Bormes.

He said hallucinations and paranoia were very common. Officers who had arrested people out in the field said some could be compliant, but it was clear they were out of their element when under the influence.

“The pain compliance techniques don't work very well because there is a lot of deadening of the pain so that makes it tough for us to control them,” said Officer James Stephens.
“With no regard for themselves or their others, no command whatever it seems over their own actions.”

Bormes said his biggest fear was the unintended place where it could end up.

“What if a child got a hold of that?” said Bormes.
“A three or four year old kid got a hold of that thinking candy or anything else? They wouldn't live, they wouldn't survive through that.”

Bormes said they planned on continuing to try and keep it off of the streets.

The chief said it will be up to the commonwealth's attorney as to whether more charges could be filed against those who were arrested because they were on school property.

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