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Attorney General of Ohio Mike DeWine has told some interesting stories regarding bath salts in an effort to justify his recent crackdown on them. Politifact.com, a website dedicated to truth in politics, fact-checked one of his more outragious claims.
During a press conference, DeWine shared a story about a man on bath salts claiming his house was being attacked by arsenous raccoons that had also stolen his cell phone. This same man, DeWine claimed, took a hatchet to his porch in an attempt to find the raccoons.
According to Politifact.com, they were able to get a transcript of a 911-call near Columbus Ohio that confirmed the story. The man called 911, stating: “‘I got raccoons in my house that are starting fires. I wonder how the hell they are doing it,’ he said. ‘I keep putting them out but they start another one. I had to drive down here because I couldn’t find my cell phone. I think one of them took it and did something with it.’”
The man apparently told the first responders that he had done bath salts three times that day, and he was aware it was possible the raccoons were a hallucination. The back deck of the house had been destroyed, and there were no signs of any fire.
“The Reynoldsburg man, for what it’s worth, eventually pleaded guilty to a charge of making false alarms. DeWine’s statement is accurate and there is nothing significant missing. That rates True on the Truth-O-Meter.” So, according to Politifact’s checking, it turns out that DeWine’s extreme-sounding claim was actually a true-to-life story.
(The source I used links to legal high vendors.. can't link)
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