East Prairie man arrested after deputies find bath salts in home | Crime
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - An East Prairie man was arrested recently after a drug investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department.
Samuel Q. Gore, 28, of East Prairie, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, domestic assault second degree and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began last Sunday when a deputy was dispatched to a domestic disturbance on County Road 525 near East Prairie.
While on the way there, the deputy asked for assistance from two other deputies. When the arrived and interviewed those involved, Moore said they learned an assault had taken place between Gore and one of his family members.
The witnesses told deputies Gore was inside the house, so the deputies requested and were granted consent to search the home. During the search, a deputy found an opened safe that contained illegal drugs, as well as items used for the packaging and distribution of controlled substances.
Among the items found were a large bag of bath salts, five smaller baggies which also contained the bath salts, a digital scale and a pipe used to ingest illegal drugs.
Moore said these synthetic drugs are called "bath salts" because they closely resemble legal bathing products, but when ingested, they cause effects similar to that of using meth and/or cocaine.
"Bath salts are an emerging trend," Moore said, "but they are distributed like other street drugs. When we find a large quantity of any drug with a digital scale and several smaller individually wrapped packaged baggies, we know our suspect was ready to sell."
As of press time, Moore said Gore remained in the Mississippi County Detention Center with bond set at $50,000.
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