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Schuylkill County traffic stop yields bath salts with a street value of $15,000

Published On: Sep 10 2013 09:51:19 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 10 2013 12:08:41 PM EDT

Bath salts seized during traffic stop in Schuylkill County

A Schuylkill County man is facing drug charges after police found substances worth $15,000.

On Friday, 27-year-old Mark Stump of Mount Carmel was stopped for a vehicle code violation, and a search found substances in the vehicle marked magnesium sulfate hydrated, or more commonly referred to as 'bath salts.'

The drugs weighed 375 grams and was worth an estimated $15,000 street value.


The car's passenger, 33-year-old Kevin Clews of Ashland, was taken to the Schuylkill County Prison on a probation violation.

Charges will be filed at a later date for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stump was cited for the vehicle code violation and released.

The stop was part of a saturation patrol conducted by detectives from the office of Schuylkill County District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon, Sheriff Joseph Groody and deputies from the sheriff's office, Schuylkill County Adult Probation officers, along with police departments from Ashland Borough, Butler Township and Frackville.