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MassLive: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/06/ban_of_synthetic_bath_salt_dru.html

WEATHERSFIELD, Vt. — Authorities conducting a child welfare check at a Windsor County home in the town of Weathersfield ended up charging a resident with various drug crimes, including possession of hallucinogenic bath salts.

State troopers and Weathersfield police, who were assisting the Vermont Department of Children and Families with a “welfare check on several children” at a Gravelin Road address Monday night, spotted the illegal drugs in plain view, according to Vermont State Police officials.

Chad Cushman, 43, was charged with possession of bath salts and cultivation of marijuana. Authorities said they found assorted pills, raw marijuana, several marijuana plants and bath salts – so-called designer drugs containing synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines – at Cushman’s home in Perkinsville, a small Weathersfield village about 65 miles north of Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Some, but not all, of the chemicals used to make bath salts are illegal. The name stems from the drugs being sold under the guise of being bath salts, because the white, powdery substance often resembles epsom salts and other legal products found in bath salts.

Investigators said they also recovered several firearms at the home. “More charges are possible as the investigation continues,” police said.

Bath salts gained international attention after a May 2012 video of a naked man believed to be high on the drug went viral. Police shot and killed 31-year-old Rudy Eugene as he chewed on a homeless man’s face along a public causeway in Miami.

Toxicology tests later determined that bath salts were not found in Eugene’s system, lending further mystery to his unprompted attack on the man, the Miami Herald reported in June 2012.


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