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Woman arrested after being found with synthetic drugs in locked bathroom

July 11, 2012
The Alpena News

A woman was arrested after being removed from a locked bathroom and found with an empty packet of synthetic marijuana in the Alpena County Library.

At 10:51 a.m. Tuesday, officers from the Alpena Police Department were called to the Alpena County Library after staff reported a woman had locked herself and her three children in the bathroom for an extended period of time. Staff also said they initially tired to reason with the subject; however, she reportedly became irate and the staff member backed out of the restroom. The woman then locked the door and refused to respond to the library staff.

When officers arrived they obtained a key to the restroom, and contacted the woman. During the contact, officers observed an empty packet of synthetic marijuana and other paraphernalia mixed in with her possessions. She admitted to smoking the substance on an earlier date, but denied any recent consumption. The woman was transported to ARMC by ambulance for further treatment and evaluation, and her children were released to protective service workers.

While at the hospital, her erratic behavior continued and she became aggressive to staff and officers, something which is not uncommon with someone who has ingested synthetic drugs. As a result, she was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting police. Alpena Police reminds residents that as of July 1, synthetic cannabinoids commonly known as "synthetic marijuana" and synthetic cathinones marketed as "bath salts" are illegal to sell, manufacture, deliver, posess or use in Michigan.



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