DEDHAM, Maine — A local man has been arrested on charges of drug trafficking after $68,000 worth of bath salts were found in his home, according to Maine State Police.

Troopers Jacob Ferland and Bryan Creamer went to the home of Thomas White, 57, on Allen Road around 12:30 a.m. Monday after receiving a loud noise complaint, Lt. Roderick Charette indicated in a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon. White was on bail and subject to search conditions and, when troopers searched the house, they found drugs and associated paraphernalia, Charette said.

Among the items they found was three-quarters of a pound of bath salts that have an estimated street value of $68,000, according to Charette. Two long guns, around $800 in cash, and other drugs including heroin, marijuana and illegally obtained prescription medication also were recovered during the search.

White was arrested on a Class B charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, a felony for which a conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

Three other people at the house also face charges. Tami Hayes, 49, of Danforth, and Byron Shedd, 45, of Bangor, each were arrested on a Class C charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Adam Hayes, 28, of Danforth, was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Troopers Caleb McGary and Sarah Ferland assisted the other troopers at the scene, Charette indicated.

“This is an excellent example of the initiative that our troopers take every day,” Charette wrote in the release. “It would have been very easy, given the hour of the night, to simply knock on the door and ask the homeowner to quiet down the noise. Troopers Creamer and Ferland took the time to ask a few extra questions which ultimately led to taking these drugs off the street.”

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Bill Trotter

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