Pennsylvania man charged with drug crimes

A 35-year-old man is facing serious allegations following his arrest by DEA agents in conjunction with the State Police. Pennsylvania authorities have charged the man with drug crimes after a protracted investigation by police and DEA elements. He was arraigned on Aug. 26 and was expected back in court in early September.

According to police records, a search warrant was obtained for the man's home after an investigation led authorities to believe the man was in possession of the street drug called "bath salts." Agents and officers entered the man's home on Aug. 20, where they found the subject but no other individuals in the area. Drug paraphernalia was allegedly strewn in plain sight around the home.

As part of their search, police say they uncovered approximately five grams of what they believe to be bath salts, as well as paraphernalia including needles and pipes believed to contain marijuana residue. The substance believed to be bath salts was field tested and apparently came back positive. The man also allegedly admitted to police that the substance was indeed bath salts. He has been charged with felony possession with intent to deliver, misdemeanor possession and possession of paraphernalia.

An admission of guilt during an arrest does not necessarily indicate actual guilt as far as a Pennsylvania court is concerned. In order to prosecute the man for the alleged drug crimes of which he is accused, prosecutors will have to prove the field test was correct and the substance was indeed bath salts. Additionally, the defense may wish to review the search record to assess whether proper protocol was observed throughout the search of the man's home.

Source: thedailyreview.com, "Ulster man arrested with Bath Salts", Alexis Bortle, Sept. 8, 2014

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