Two men arrested for trafficking bath salts
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.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
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