Two men arrested for trafficking bath salts

Jul 05, 2014
Courtesy of: MDEA Facebook Page Items seized during the collaborative execution of warrants at a residence in St. George and business in Waldoboro July 3. Two men have been arrested and charged with distribution of bath salts, among other charges.

St. George — Two St. George men were arrested July 3 and charged with aggravated trafficking in bath salts, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Herman “Rusty” Hoffman, 39, and Michael Hoffman, 38, were arrested after a raid by MDEA.

On July 3 at approximately 3 p.m., agents from the Mid-Coast District Task Force executed two search warrants for properties owned by Herman Hoffman. One was for his residence at 367 Grierson Road in St. George, and the second at his business — Hoffman Collectibles at 1401 Atlantic Highway in Waldoboro, according to a news release from MDEA.

The search warrants were obtained after a three-month investigation into the illegal distribution by the Hoffmans of AVPV bath salts, a synthetic hallucinogenic drug.

At Herman Hoffman’s residence, agents seized 301 capsules of APVP bath salts, approximately one gram of pentylone bath salts, three handguns stored with the drugs, approximately $25,000 in drug proceeds, seven Maine EBT cards that Herman Hoffman received as payment for drugs and several Maine motor vehicle inspection stickers that had been reported stolen, according to the release.

At Hoffman’s Collectibles, agents seized 199 capsules of APVP bath salts, approximately $1,500 in drug proceeds, suboxone strips and drug ledgers, the release stated.

The investigation revealed that Hermon Hoffman had been distributing bath salts from both his residence and business, drawing customers from across the Midcoast. The bath salts were being sold for between $12 and $15 per capsule, according to MDEA.

Herman Hoffman was arrested at his St. George residence without incident and transported to the Knox County Jail. Bail was set at $2,000.

Michael Hoffman was arrested at Hoffman Collectables without incident and transported to the Waldoboro Police Department. He was released on an unsecured bail.

Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

This investigation and subsequent search warrants were conducted with the assistance of officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Waldoboro Police Department, Rockland Police Department and Troopers of the Maine State Police.

The initial press release indicated the men were from South Thomaston. Commander Scott Pelletier of the MDEA confirmed July 8 the residence is actually in St. George.

Comments (7)
Posted by: deborah R Davis | Jul 06, 2014 08:00

Mary, Who ever gives up their food stamp card gives up the PIN that goes with it. Some EBT cards carry a cash value to them as well - long as you have the PIN -you're in business. Each card has a number associated with the owner - you know that card has already been reported stolen........

 

 



Posted by: paula sutton | Jul 06, 2014 07:23

I hope they track down the names on the EBT cards and investigate.  We need to make sure our resources are being used as they intended.



Posted by: paula sutton | Jul 06, 2014 07:23

I hope they track down the names on the EBT cards and investigate.  We need to make sure our resources are being used as they intended.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 05, 2014 15:50

These guys would take anything that wasn't nailed down in trade for drugs.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jul 05, 2014 14:34

I thought EBT cards were for food distributed by the State to help the low income residents survive. How come they are being used for drugs and how can the drug dealer use the cards? Lots of questions here. I am all for helping low income eat but drug dealers? Really!

Mickey McKeever



Posted by: Suzanne Philbrook | Jul 05, 2014 13:40

Hopefully, they will get more than a slap on the wrist like most drug dealers do in this area!  Judges need to be much tougher on these people.  In Florida you can end up in prison for 10 yrs. for selling drugs!  Might be a wake up call if this happened in our area.

 



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jul 05, 2014 13:21

Great job of collaboration! Now if we can get some tougher sentences and more confiscation of property just maybe they will get the message: "Not wanted around here!".  Plenty of opportunity here on the mid-coast to get a natural high.



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