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Police: Man high on bath-salt drug tried to kill another

Posted March 4, 2011

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— A Fayetteville man kidnapped and tried to kill another man while high on a drug sold as a bath salt, police said Thursday.

Police said that Abdulla Smith, 32, of the 1000 block of Oak Stone Drive, carried a handgun when he detained Gage Garrick Kalani Adams. Smith threatened to kill Adams and struck him with the gun, police said.

Adams suffered superficial injuries but was not shot in the incident, police said.

Smith was high on a stimulant contained in a bath salt, police said.

Two synthetic stimulants – methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and mephedrone – are sold as bath salts under such brand names as Serenity, Cloud 9 and Ivory Wave. Health officials say more and more people are snorting, smoking or injecting the stimulants for a cocaine-like high that can produce hallucinations.

The Carolinas Poison Center has recorded 57 cases of MDPV abuse in North Carolina since October, but no known fatalities. Autopsies showed that mephedrone was a contributing factor in the deaths of two young men found on a fire escape in Raleigh last fall.

A Willow Spring woman, who was arrested after her toddler tested positive for cocaine last week, was high on a bath-salt drug and hallucinating, an arrest warrant states.

Two bills before the General Assembly would criminalize the manufacture, sale and use of MDPV and mephedrone.

Smith faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, second-degree kidnapping and communicating threats. He was placed in the Cumberland County jail under a $100,000 bond.

He has been convicted as a habitual felon and spent more than 8 years of the past 15 in prison, according to state Department of Correction records. He has also been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and numerous counts of breaking-and-entering and larceny.


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  • Iworkforaliving Mar 7, 2011

    jet9192, it's that kind of stupidity that is destroying this country. If you're stupid enough to shoot, smoke or snort random chemicals then you're too stupid to live. Let natural selection take these sheet stains out of the gene pool. And if YOU actually taught your kid correctly he/she would know know better.

  • MudLife Mar 4, 2011

    This is crazy. It's like the "generic" drug for cocaine. The things people are doing these days is stupid.

  • mrcrosbys Mar 4, 2011

    "We have banned cocaine and we don't have any problems with it..."

    That's funny.

    You can score a kilo of cocaine in 5 minutes in raleigh or Durham. You can order it and take delivery faster than McDonalds can deliver a burger to you at the window

  • mrcrosbys Mar 4, 2011

    Does anyone else think this stuff should be taken off the market and all of it destroyed? This is something that our teens can buy and it is not illegal but it can cause a person to "Hallucinate". Hello out there. Somebody please wake up and protect our kids!!!!!

    Are you actually telling others it is their responsiblity to protect your kids??? Where does your roll as a parent kick in. I do not depend on others to do my parenting. maybe that is why my kid is not stupid enough to snort bath salts.Take reponsibility for your own kids. you can not protect them, they have to be able to know it is stupid to take bath salts and snort them. that is a parent's responsibility . And no, this product should NOT be removed from the shelves because your kids are too stupid not to know not to snort, smoke, or inject BATH SALTS. stupid people

  • 1trhl Mar 4, 2011

    Or maybe he was one of the evil vampires in Twilight.

  • jkca Mar 4, 2011

    Next thing you know, people will be snorting parmesan cheese.

  • wwwalker Mar 4, 2011

    "We have banned cocaine and we don't have any problems with it..."

    That's funny.

  • rebecca7 Mar 4, 2011

    I'm curious to know how anyone was desperate enough to snort or smoke bath salts in the first place...

  • xchief661 Mar 4, 2011

    LOL! Yall are too funny! So Im confused. First they say it is sold as bath salts then they say it is sold in actual bath salts with the above names. Its legal but......Really. So if snorting it makes you look like Milli Vanilli.....I don't want to think about what it does if you soak your whole body in it. Good one 1trhl, that made me laugh......alot.

  • 1trhl Mar 4, 2011

    This should be a message to all children out there, stay away from this drug or you might end up looking like a member of Milli Vanilli.