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Illegal bath salts bust could be part of trend

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies discovered illegal bath salts inside a Denver woman’s bra Wednesday during a routine traffic stop.
Authorities said that a vehicle carrying Stacy Marie Blackwelder, 25, of 7355 Executive Circle, and Kenneth Dean Eaves Jr., 27, of 712 Bethany Road in Gastonia, crossed the center line while traveling down Brevard Place Rd. in Iron Station around 4 a.m. Deputies who were following behind the suspects initiated a stop after noticing that the vehicle’s license plate revealed a suspended driver’s license.
During the stop, Eaves told deputies that they had bath salts inside the vehicle. In addition, Blackwelder later pulled two containers of white residue from both sides of her bra, authorities said.
The substances are currently being analyzed at the Iredell County Crime Lab in Statesville.
Blackwelder was charged with one count of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance while deputies served Eaves an outstanding warrant from Gaston County for one count of harassing phone calls.
Eaves remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $300 bond while Blackwelder has since been released on a $500 secured bond.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, Eaves has a criminal record in Gaston County for misdemeanor breaking and entering and larceny in 2004.
Lincoln County narcotics investigators said bath salts are on the rise and will continue to increase in the area due to the unparalleled high they offer drug users.
“Our investigators have been told by addicts of meth and cocaine that they have stopped using those drugs and started using bath salts because the high is longer, better and cheaper,” Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Reid said.

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