Police say bath salts found during traffic stop

A Tennessee man was arrested for the drugs after being stopped for not having a visible license plate.

Posted: Feb. 12, 2018 12:32 PM
Updated: Feb. 12, 2018 12:32 PM

Decatur police said an SUV without a license tag ended up leading them to four and a half pounds of illegal drugs.

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On Friday police said they pulled over the SUV near the intersection of Beltline Road and Clarkview Street because a license wasn't plainly visible. The driver of the SUV, Shawki Adam Salah, 36, of Madison, Tenn., had a suspended driver's license, police said.

A K-9 unit was called to the traffic stop and indicated there were drugs in Salah's vehicle, police said. A search of the vehicle turned up about four and a half pounds of cathinone.

Cathinone is classified as a Schedule I drug and has been packaged for sale before as bath salts, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Salah was arrested for drug possession, driving on a suspended license and not having a visible tag. His bond was set at $1,600.

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