Man busted for 'bath salts'
Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 20:00
In the first such case in Shawano County, a Birnamwood man is facing felony drug charges after allegedly buying bath salts, a form of designer drugs, through the mail.
Jessie L. Bierman, 29, is accused of ordering the bath salts over the Internet from a company in Texas.
Bath salts is the street name for so-called designer drugs that contain synthetic chemicals similar to amphetamines and cocaine and can cause violent or hallucinogenic reactions.
Federal law passed last year made it illegal to possess, use or distribute many of the chemicals used to make bath salts, but some companies still sell bath salts as "research chemicals," with a disclaimer that they are not to be ingested.
Bierman is charged with felony counts of manufacture and delivery of amphetamine, possession of amphetamine, maintaining a drug trafficking place and distributing a hazardous substance.
Shawano County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a disturbance complaint at Bierman's residence last month, according to the criminal complaint, and spoke with a woman who said Bierman had provided her with bath salts he had gotten in the mail.
Earlier this month, a package from a Texas company known for selling bath salts through the mail arrived at Bierman's post office box, according to the complaint.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for the package and found two baggies containing 12 grams of a cream-colored powder.
The powder was sent to the state crime lab and tested positive for illegal chemicals, according to the complaint.
Bierman was arrested Tuesday when he picked up the package at his post office box.
According to the complaint, Bierman told authorities he had been using the bath salts for a couple of months, usually injected with a needle...
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Man Busted For Ordering Bath Salts Through The Mail