BELPRE - A Belpre man was arrested Tuesday at his Walnut Street residence after police recovered dozens of packets of bath salts, a synthetic drug banned last year, officials said.
Michael E. Packard, 45, of 511 Walnut St., was arrested Tuesday morning by the Major Crimes Task Force, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Agents executed a search warrant on the home and recovered 50 packets of bath salts.
The Major Crimes Task Force recovered 50 packets of bath salts Tuesday at the Walnut Street residence of Michael E. Packard, 45, in Belpre.
Packard admitted to receiving the items through the mail, but claimed the substance was a glass cleaner that was legal in all 50 states, said Mincks. The powder substance tested positive for the presence of MDPV, the active ingredient in bath salts that is illegal in Ohio and at least 34 states.
Packard was charged with second-degree felony possession of a bulk amount of MDPV and transported to the Washington County Jail.
The Major Crimes Task Force is composed of representatives from the Marietta and Belpre police departments, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff's offices and the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff's offices.