Slidell police made the first arrests in the State for the possession of narcotics that have been marketed as bath salts in Louisiana. The substances, which were added to the Schedule I narcotics list by Gov Bobby Jindal (more information can be found in an earlier post), have been involved in a number of overdoses across the State.
According to reports, after sending letters and visiting local businesses to inform them of the newly illegal status of the substances which have been involved in at least 165 emergency services calls over the past 3 months, police received a tip that a Slidell convenience store was persisting in the sale of the bath salts. This prompted officers to stake out the property and stop a customer who was found to be in possession of the bath salts. Police arrested the customer and also the clerk of the convenience store who sold him the salts.
The store clerk is being held on a $75,000 bond and faces up to 30 years in jail if convicted.
These developments indicate that while classifying bath salts as an illegal substance can seem humorous, the penalties for possession are very serious. If you or someone you know are arrested for possession of an illegal substance, contact Bloom Legal today at 504-599-9997 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the details of the case.