Bath salts taken during beach traffic bust

Published 2:09 pm Thursday, March 30, 2017

By: Shayla Terry

A Birmingham woman was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, but authorities say her automobile yielded many drugs.

Ashley Nichole Reid, 19, was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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On Saturday, March 26, Reid was traveling to the beach when she was pulled over for speeding in Weedville, just below Brantley.

“The officer on scene said the vehicle smelled of marijuana when he approached,” Crenshaw County Sheriff Mickey Powell said. “We were then given permission to search the vehicle.”

Powell says six plastic bags of rock-like substance were discovered in the automobile. The substance was later identified as bath salts. Per a lab test, components used to make methamphetamine was found in the substance.

“It’s a mixture of GHB, meth, and whatever else the chemist decides to combine,” Deputy Dalton Francis said.

Powell says that bath salts are not common in the Crenshaw County area.

“This is something we don’t usually see that much of,” he said. “It’s more of a problem in the bigger cities than it is here.”.

Authorities also seized scales, and a .380 pistol from the vehicle.