Oneida Nation Police Believe Bath Salts Use Led to Trespass
Arrest in Cooperation with Madison County Sheriff’s Department
Oneida Indian Nation Police Chief Joseph Smith said investigators believe bath salts use led to a trespass on Oneida Nation lands early this morning. Oneida Nation Police officers took an Oriskany Falls man into custody without incident after finding him hiding in a barn in a fenced-in game preserve on East Hill Road in Munnsville.
Oneida Indian Nation Police turned the man over to Madison County Sheriff’s deputies for prosecution after a medical checkup.
Oneida Nation Police Chief Smith said, “This arrest is the most recent example of how our community benefits from the strong working relationship between the Oneida Indian Nation Police and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. Each agency is primarily concerned with protecting public safety, and working together helps each of us fulfill that goal and make our region a safer place.”
Oneida Nation Police investigators said the man exhibited symptoms that led them to believe he was under the influence of the synthetic drug known as “bath salts”. Those symptoms include disorientation, the removal of some clothing, and paranoia. Officers said the man told them he was trying to hide from people who were chasing him, although no one was around.
The man was arraigned on criminal trespass charges in Stockbridge Town Court. Investigators said he has a long criminal history including the sale and possession of drugs.
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