Polk sheriff’s office arrests Piedmont man for trafficking bath salts

Published 11:16 pm Monday, November 6, 2017

COLUMBUS-The Polk County Sheriff’s Office recently intercepted a man from South Carolina who was trafficking bath salts.

Officers with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office PACE (Polk Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) Team conducted a traffic stop in Columbus on Oct. 31.

Arrested was Jeremy Lee Farmer, 28, of Piedmont, S.C., who was arrested and charged with trafficking in bath salts, possession of marijuana and resisting a public officer, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Officers said upon approaching the vehicle during the traffic stop, they smelled marijuana. Officers questioned Farmer, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and after a brief investigation, Farmer provided officers with fictitious information, according to sheriff reports. Officers search the vehicle and discovered a substance commonly known as bath salts, as well as marijuana.

As of Monday, Nov. 6, Farmer was still being held at the Polk County Jail under a $26,000 secured bond.

Bath salts are drugs that contain one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, which is a stimulant found in the khat plant.

Bath salts have been called a variant of cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy as their stimulant features are similar in nature. Bath salts are frequently crystalline in appearance and can be injected, snorted or taken as tablets.