First Confirmed Case of Someone Using Bath Salts Reported in Martin County

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

STANTON - The first confirmed case of someone being caught using bath salts was recently reported in Martin County.

Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, Vanilla Sky and Bliss are among the many street names of a so-called designer drug known as bath salts.

Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and chest pain are what people feel when they take this substance. A few weeks ago, the Stanton Sheriffs Department had their first hands on experience with an individual who was on bath salts.

"This happened to be a case where K2 was laced with the bath salts, just making a combination of a pretty potent narcotic," Martin County Sheriff, John Woodward, said.

According to Sheriff Woodward, 22-year-old Isaiah Garcia was swerving in and out of traffic, endangering the lives of drivers.
When he finally pulled over, Woodward says, at one point, Garcia was not responsive. 

"He was out for a while on the pavement not responding, not responsive. The pavement was probably 120 degrees that day and then he was back up fighting, resisting and going nuts," Woodward said.

A toxicology report confirmed that Garcia had not only ingested bath salts but he also admitted to taking other drugs. 

"He also admitted to taking some synthetic drugs and also the bath salts," Woodward said.

Woodward wants everyone informed on the procedures that should be taken when dealing with newly popular bath salts.

"We've researched it, we've had departmental meetings, just what potentially could happen. we have spent time with EMS discussing the best way to deal with these subjects," Woodward said.  

Corporal Sherrie Carruth with Odessa Police Department says they just don't focus on one particular drug. She says there hasn't been any cases reported related to bath salts in Odessa, however if that changes, the department will change the way they approach this type of situation. 

"We will be looking into seeing the type of cases if they are, how they are being affected, if they are being affected, the number of them and then we will be able to determine from that based on the numbers we get what we can and what we need to do," Carruth said.
Sheriff Woodward says his department will take extra precautions to avoid this type of incident from happening again.

"Obviously the bath salts are the big thing right now that are coming through and it's really dangerous. We don't want our kiddos and our community getting a hold of it," Woodward said.