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Suspect Says It’s Bath Salts, Police Say It’s Meth

LaGrange Police are investigating an incident where a local man claimed he was only carrying around some bath salts, but police believed it was actually meth. The substance initially tested positive for methamphetamine and will be sent to the GBI Crime Lab for confirmation, but in the meantime, the subject has been jailed for illegal drug possession.

Early Friday morning about 2 a.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department were on bikes in the area around Burr Street when they observed two males coming from the Daniel Street Food Mart.

Police stopped and spoke with the subjects due to the late hour and immediately noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from their persons.

Both subjects denied having anything illegal and gave consent to search their persons.

As police were searching one of the males, Jemetrius Javon Hardnett, he stated he had some bath salts in his pocket that he got from his sister’s house.

Officers then located a clear bag in Hardnett’s pants pocket which contained a white, rock like substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. Police then used a field drug test kit to test the substance and it came back as positive for methamphetamine.

Hardnett was then placed under arrest for illegal drug possession.

Hardnett later told police that he had just left his sister’s home and had taken a small amount of Epson bath salts because he had an infection and then changed his story and said he needed the bath salts for some hair bumps.

Hardnett allowed police to look through his cell phone and officers saw several text messages that they believe were related to drug use.

Hardnett later changed his story to say a friend had given him the bath salts and then changed it again saying he found them at his friend’s house and took them. After Hardnett could not keep a consistent story, he eventually told police that he did not know what was in the bag.

As a result, Hardnett, age 19, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Possession of Methamphetamine.

Police will send the alleged illegal drugs to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for further identification.