Senate bans fake bath salts; bill heads to House

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Links, News
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By Bobby Harrison

JACKSON — The Senate passed a bill Friday that would make illegal the chemicals that turn simple bath salts into a hallucinogen.

The legislation was named after slain Tippah County Sheriff’s Deputy DeWayne Crenshaw, who was fatally shot while responding to a call in early December.

The bill, which now goes to the House, was approved unanimously. Under the legislation, chemicals in the fake bath salts would be made Schedule 1 drugs just like heroin or LSD.

The penalty depends on the amount a person possesses, and having small amounts could be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor. The sale of the substance could result in 30 years in prison.

The bill bears Crenshaw’s name because of the circumstances surrounding his death.

Marshall Fisher, director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, said Franklin Fitzpatrick, 26, who is accused in Crenshaw’s death, has told law officers he was high on fake bath salts at the time.

Sen. Eric Powell, D-Corinth, who represents part of Tippah County, offered the amendment to name the bill after Crenshaw when he learned the connection.

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