Record bath salts bust in Pictou County

Published on January 25, 2013
Police news

The largest-ever seizure of bath salts in Canada was made by police Wednesday in Lyons Brook, Pictou County.

About $375,000 worth of the street drug, along with $5,000 of marijuana, was seized by police in the bust.

The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Pictou County RCMP, arrested two people in the case after an ongoing drug investigation.

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday Jordan Stewart, age 22 from Lyons Brook, was arrested after a vehicle stop was conducted in Lyons Brook. Police found marijuana in the vehicle. Police then executed a search warrant at a residence in Lyons Brook where an adult female, age 20, from Pictou, was arrested. During a search of the residence, officers located approximately six pounds of a substance believed to be methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV, which is also known as bath salts), a quantity of cannabis marijuana and a small quantity of cannabis resin.

The substance suspected to be MDPV, will be sent to Health Canada for analysis and confirmation.

The street value of bath salts is around $150 per gram, said Const. Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police Services and street crime members estimated the total quantity they seized would be worth around $375,000.

Charges stemming from this investigation include: possession for the purpose of trafficking MDPV, possession of cannabis marijuana and possession of cannabis resin.

The woman was released from custody and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on March 25. Stewart has been released on recognizance with strict conditions.

MacDonald said the unit is happy to have made this seizure.

“Any synthetic drug seizure of any quantity improves the safety of our community,” he said. “This is significant because of its large quantity.”