Vehicle stop leads to seizure of large quantity of bath salts
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS This photo shows the bath salts and other paraphernalia seized during a traffic stop in Schuylkill County recently.
A vehicle stop in Schuylkill County recently led to the seizure of a large quantity of bath salts.
On Sept. 6 detectives from the office of District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, and Sheriff Joseph Groody and deputies from his office, along with adult probation office personnel, conducted a saturation patrol with the assistance of police from Ashland, Butler Township and Frackville.
The patrol included the boroughs of Ashland, Frackville, Mahanoy Plane, Girardville and Gilberton.
During the patrol a vehicle stop for a motor vehicle code violation was made. The driver was identified as Mark Stump, 27, of Mount Carmel. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Kevin Clews, 33, of Ashland.
A further investigation found bath salts in the vehicle weighing about 375 grams which has an estimated street value of $15,000.
Clews was taken into custody and placed in the county prison on a probation violation. Charges to be filed against him incident to the vehicle stop include possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stump was cited for the motor vehicle violation and released.