Bath salts found in pellet gun

An arrest stemming from a parole violation yielded an unexpected find on Tuesday.

According to a release from the Warren County Adult Probation Department, officers, in conjunction with Warren City Police, arrested Michael B. Baxter, 30, Warren, on charges of violation of parole.

Baxter was initially contacted by Warren City Police “while investigating calls reporting a man with a hunting rifle acting suspiciously in the vicinity of East Fifth (Ave.) and Buchanan Streets.”

City police found him stumbling while walking on East Fifth while “in possession of a pellet gun.”

At that point, probation was called in to assist.

“While questioning Baxter, it was determined that he was likely violating his parole by being under the influence of a controlled substance,” according to the Probation Department.

Then came the unexpected find.

“While examining the pellet gun, a hidden compartment was discovered. Inside the compartment, officers found what appeared to be MDVP (commonly referred to as Bath Salts).”

The release said that Baxter was paroled on May 9 on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was taken into custody by probation officers on a supervisor’s warrant and placed in the Warren County Jail.

According to Probation, Warren City Police officers said that their investigation was continuing and new charges were pending.

As of Tuesday evening, online court records did not indicate that additional charges had yet been filed.