Pair nabbed in Rockland bath salts arrest
Rockland — Two people were arrested April 17 after Maine Drug Enforcement Agents and Rockland police officers executed a search warrant at a Camden Street apartment in Rockland, following a two-month criminal investigation, according to a press release from the MDEA.
Tiffany Batty, 31, of Rockland was charged with trafficking of bath salts, and arrested on outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges of criminal trespass and burglary.
Also arrested was Richard Emery, 39, of Rockland for possession of bath salts.
The MDEA, Rockland police, Maine State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations worked together investigating the importation and sale of bath in the Rockland area.
Agents seized about 5 grams of Alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone — a chemical name for a type of bath salts — a scale, packaging materials, drug paraphernalia and other evidence of drug trafficking, according to the release.
Emery was also charged with hindering apprehension for trying to hide Batty in a closet to prevent her from being arrested on the outstanding warrants.
In March, MDEA and Homeland Security agents intercepted 20 grams of bath salts shipped to Batty. At that time Batty could not be located.
The drugs found at the residence has a retail street value in the Rockland area of $20 to $30 for 1/10 of a gram. Both suspects were taken to the Knox County Jail, the release stated.
Information on drug crimes may be reported to MDEA at 1-800-452-6457, at MDEA’s website: maine.gov/dps/mdea.