Record bath salts bust in Pictou County

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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.”

Organizations: Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, Pictou County RCMP, Health Canada New Glasgow Regional Police Services

Geographic location: Lyons Brook, Canada, Lyons Brook.About

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  • Reggie
    February 01, 2013 - 16:55

    U may as well take your battery out of your car and cook/smoke the acid as far as what chemicals goes into so many drugs these days... one thing to become a junkie and another to become brain dead and harvest the good will and hard paying tax dollars to facilitate your ass as your lay your days in comotose. its not a far cry to understand why one gets a 10 yr. automatic sentence for cooking Meth. if you cant get whacked on booze and pot then you got issues and need help! these creatures of Satan who lace pot and push chemicals to the kids need to be sent to concentration camps in the far north.. Well there should be! As far as a 20 year old girl being arrested right away is typical idiot RCMP (dont care about anybody anyways cause I'll be transferred in a few months regardless attitude)! Did the girl sell drugs to any officer? Why wouldnt they check for her fingerprints on the substance package before arresting her and stigmatizing her? Was it her who had the pot in the traffic stop? "NO"! Was the seach warrant in her name ? NO! Does she own the residence? Now you non accountable RCMP boys better smarten up and give a public apology before you degrade a 20 year old girl who will have a hard time getting work after being aquitted! Take good notice of that mr crown office!

  • MFreeman
    January 26, 2013 - 22:20

    Jonathon you are not educated in the least in how police work is done, let alone the side of it that deals with police press/media releases. First, Stewart has been charged, once a charge is laid, it's public information, anyone can go to the courthouse and get a list of the docket to see who has been charged. The police dont give out names willy nilly for the sake of it. If the mounties/municipal agencies didnt release the name of this dealer then this board would be screaming bloody murder for not informing the public. As for the testing of the drugs, the police sure as heck know what drugs are what once they lay eyes on them. HOWEVER, since they are not trained scientists, ALL drugs need to be sent to the lab to confirm what they are. When you deal with substances that dont come with a brand/label, its pretty hard to say with absolute certainty what is found in Joe Blows car/house/schoolbag/stomach etc. And some of you need read up on the differences between arrested/charged/convicted! To local police I say good work gentlemen (and women!) you are judged too quickly by those with the luxory of sitting on the sidelines. If one officer falters and makes a mistake the public is quick to crucify them, yet win they score a huge win like this a positive remark is few and far between. To those offering praise and encouragement, good on you and keep it up! Your words fuel these officers more than you realize.

  • John mac
    January 26, 2013 - 14:25

    Bath salts are not 150 per gram if that was the case none of the druggies in pictou county could afford them, yet it's what everyone's doing. Bath salts are 20 to 50 a gram and sometimes less then that, mr stewart is still in the wrong, but they just want big numbers for publicity and 375,000 it a nice big rounded off number

  • Former pictonian
    January 26, 2013 - 10:57

    Hahaha , some people are so stupid , anyone who deals 'bath salts' deserves exactly what is coming to them , have fun in harpers shiny new jails buddy

  • Estaminet
    January 25, 2013 - 18:06

    Of course it is the largest siezure of bathsalts... it has only been illegal for a couple of months, the street price is a bunch of lies... it only costs $10 a gram online (where it comes from originally) and the price gets cheaper the more you buy. $375,000 is what they get from $150 a gram, 2500 grams.. so in reality the bust is >$25,000... idiots

  • Grateful parent
    January 25, 2013 - 14:52

    Chicken Soup---Mr. Stewart made his appearance in court which is why his name was released, that's the way it works. Also, the police are after the guys creating the problem, the problem however is that they need to get the "little guy" in order to catch the "big guy". As a parent, I grateful that Mr. Stewart has been caught and that a dent has been made in getting this crap off the street--even if he's a "little fish in a big pond" that's one less fish to deal with.

    • jim
      January 25, 2013 - 17:44

      I think we should be careful in assuming who is the victim in such cases. We have no idea who owns the supposed drugs or was intending on distributing them. Innocent until proven guilty is what the law says.

  • justsayno
    January 25, 2013 - 12:12

    Who cares if they mentioned names. If someone got caught with those drugs, and does not have the right to be protected under the juvenile justice act, then what can be said about it? If you are putting yourself in a situation where you are involved in any way with the trafficking of such disgusting and life-ruining drugs, you made your bed on your own. Why should we be protecting these people, they made their choices. I'm just glad to see that something is being done about this. The sooner these drugs are off the streets, the better off we will be.

  • Chicken Soup
    January 25, 2013 - 10:26

    The comment of "Jonathan Grant" is 100% right. The RCMP aren't sure about what the substance is until lab tests. Mentioning someones name in a newspaper shouldn't be aloud till proven guilty in the court of law. People are blatantly missing the point tho. Yes it's good to get these drugs off the street, but shouldn't the police be after the people that are actually creating these drugs and distributing them to the middle man. I'm sure we don't here about that bust, because simply, it never happens. The real culprit's are the middle-aged-low-life criminals getting rich off other peoples misfortunes. They are probably sitting up in their penthouses in Halifax or Moncton laughing at us all right now. For all we know the masterminds behind this could be family or relatives, doctor's, lawyers, politicians, that we all know and trust . People with the technology and resources to cunningly dare to make it rich. The world is full of corruption and usually it's the least unexpected people to get away with this s**t.

  • jamie
    January 25, 2013 - 09:55

    How can you say that Jonathan, if 5,000 worth of pot was also seized along with resin, what do you think it is , flour ? get real , they have obviously seen this stuff before, and Im sure they have a pretty good sense to what it is. My guess is your a friend of the accused, but good try!! Great job to the rcmp and street crime unit

  • Jones
    January 25, 2013 - 09:27

    LOL $150 a gram! maybe $1.50, what person who can afford that is going to use bath salts over actual drug

  • JustMe
    January 25, 2013 - 08:59

    I agree Jordan, the headline is inaccurate. However, 5000 dollars worth of maryjane is a bit amount, big enough to publish.

  • Sigh
    January 25, 2013 - 08:46

    That will fit nicely on a postcard to MoneySense..."Pictou County: home to the largest bath salts seizure in Canada".

  • norm
    January 25, 2013 - 01:16

    Well done crime unit and rcmp that were invovled, good work

  • Jonathan Grant
    January 25, 2013 - 00:50

    The fact that this story got published in its current state astonishes me. You are claiming RCMP to have confiscated "the largest-ever seizure of bath salts in Canada" yet the substance in question "will be sent to health Canada for analysis and confirmation" meaning they have yet to determine whether or not the substance is MDPV (bath salts). While I agree that it is important to remove large quantities of synthetic drugs from our streets, mentioning someones name in relation to an ongoing investigation and making assumptions which have not been confirmed by law enforcement is simply unethical. This is the worst reporting I've seen in my life and I seriously hope you consider the consequences of such heinous work!

    • WDD
      January 25, 2013 - 09:15

      Aren't we being just a little bit too sensitive about this story and how it's presented? Most of us are just really pleased at how successful the RCMP and other law enforcement agencies are at fighting the losing battle of getting drugs off of Nova Scotia's streets, but in your case it looks as though the story touches a nerve. It might make some of us wonder ..........

    • Ummm
      January 25, 2013 - 10:01

      They are trained to know what they look like and have on the scene testing methods. Not as accurate as a lab but an illegal substance nonetheless. Key word: confirmation. The lab results will help in the case of trial and/or sentencing. Assuming yourself and accusing doesn't make you any better.

    • Former Resident
      January 25, 2013 - 12:54

      I think if you stop looking for something to complaint about and re-read that article, you will note that the individual named was the subject of a traffic stop who was found with Marijuana. It goes on to say that a residence in Lyons Brook (you are assuming it was the residence of the subject of the traffic stop , the reporter didn't tell you that) was searched where "an adult female, age 20, was arrested". The subject of the potential MDVP investigation wasn't goodness, so critical of your own and incorrect. Perhaps you should consider that.

  • Melissa
    January 24, 2013 - 20:10

    This is disturbing and scary for our youth especially! I'm glad the street unit exists, more funding should be put towards such things as these investigations and not only entertainment and health and fitness, I hate to think my child could come in contact with such a harmful drug,sad really.

  • greenleaf
    January 24, 2013 - 19:48

    Its about time!

    • interested citizen
      January 25, 2013 - 18:45

      Great work on behalf of the police unit ,maybe you should be looking at those comments that are negative towards the way this was handled ,maybe you would be suprised what you would find