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It appears that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk may have found a way to ban the sale of all the synthetic drugs known as "bath salts" or "spice."
The Legislature has tried -- and failed -- to do the same thing statewide, but last month, the Yavapai County Attorney's Office was granted a restraining order banning the sale of all synthetic drugs in all of the stores in the area it could find.
To do so, the Yavapai County Attorney's Office got area residents, hospital workers, DEA agents, school employees, and others to submit affidavits detailing their encounters with people high on synthetic drugs -- like the guy who thought cars passing by on the street had raped his daughter.
We're going to check out some issues with this restraining order, but in the meantime, here are some of the horror stories shared with the court in Yavapai County:
Royce Taghon, paramedic
"In 2010 I responded to a report of a male in his early twenties that had fallen on the sidewalk in front of a local eating establishment in Prescott. When I arrived at the scene the young man was bleeding, yelling shouting profanities and flinging blood." (Spice)
Nora Jenkins, mother
"I observed my adult son picking chunks of skin off his face and I started to hear from his friends that he was using 'bath salts.'"
Tammy Sanchez, mother
"[Her son] started to get sores in his mouth, urinate blood, his skin started to rot, he lost a considerable amount of weight, he would pick at his skin, he had uncontrollable twitching and blinking of his eyes and he started to have hallucinations. He stated that the javelina in the back yard were talking to him and playing games with him." (Bath Salts)
Michael Dannison, Yavapai County Deputy Sheriff
"In November, 2011, I responded to a call regarding a possible vehicle theft in the Walker area of Prescott. During my investigation, I spoke with a number of individuals that had indicated that the vehicle owner had ingested a large amount of 'Bath Salts' and 'Spice.' They indicated that after the vehicle had smoked and ingested 'Bath Salts,' he thought he was a Ninja Warrior and he abandoned the vehicle."
"...[A subject in a disorderly-conduct call] told me that he had not slept and that he was seeing little Mexicans 'beat on his eyeballs.' Upon further investigation, another individual had advised me the suspect had been smoking 'Bath Salts.'"
Nancy Gardner, Town Marshal, Camp Verde
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"On July 9, 2012, we received a call of a male acting disorderly and that was disoriented while at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde...He told the deputy he was there from the beginning of time 6000 years ago. He asked the deputy if he knew Cain and Abel." (Spice)
Kelly Fleming, U.S. Forest Service officer
(About a man who called 9-1-1 ten or 11 times for a possible assault or possible rape.) "When I made contact with this individual he said that someone raped his daughter but when I questioned him further there were many inconsistencies in his statements. Every time a car would pass by, he would say that's the car that raped my daughter...When I asked [the man's son] about the possible rape of his sister, the son replied that he does not have a sister and that he is the only child." (Bath salts)