Crimetracker: Cocke County sees rise in bath salt cases

COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Law enforcement in Cocke County is stepping up to rid East Tennessee of a growing threat, bath salts.

Newport Police Chief Maurice Shults says bath salts are a major concern within his city.

This comes after a man was arrested last week, for allegedly acting paranoid and hallucinating after smoking bath salts.

"The problem is the reaction that people are having to it, is the hallucinogenic reaction is probably the biggest draw to it, Chief Shults told us. "And they like what they feel, until it gets out of control."

Cheif Shults said prescription medicine used to be his biggest issue, bath salts now tops the list.

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