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North Carolina Man Accused Of Kidnapping While High on Bath Salts

North Carolina legislators recently proposed a ban on certain kinds of bath salts which have gained popularity across the country because they are being used as drugs. The bath salts supposedly produce a high similar to both cocaine and methamphetamines.

The North Carolina Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill that outlaws sale and possession of these bath salts, and the House will be voting soon. A recent violent kidnapping involving use of these bath salts is likely to provide incentive to pass the ban in the state House as well.

A man in Fayetteville has been arrested and charged in the kidnapping of a 16-year-old boy. The man was allegedly high on bath salts at the time. Police reports indicate that the 32-year-old man was "smoking some type of drug called 'bath salt.'"

The report does not indicate why the older man allegedly kidnapped the boy. According to police, the man detained the boy using a handgun and then threatened to kill him. The boy was not shot during the altercation, but he was later treated for superficial injuries.

The man is being held on several charges including second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and communicating threats. He is being held in Cumberland County on $100,000 bail.

Details are still lacking at this point. Perhaps most important to lawmakers should be the question of what effect the bath salts had on the alleged kidnapper's behavior. Did using the bath salts create the motive for kidnapping? Did they impair his judgment?

Lawmakers may not even wait for answers to these questions. It is likely that the case will convince the members of the state House to ban the drug, if they weren't convinced already.

This is one of the first few reported cases of violent crime involving bath salts. It is unclear what role, if any, the drug played in these alleged crimes. But that hardly matters. It appears likely that a statewide ban on these bath salts is imminent, and a federal ban will eventually follow.

Source:, "Man high on bath salts accused of kidnapping," 03 March 2011

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