WINSLOW — A Winslow man pulled over in a traffic stop early Tuesday morning was arrested on drug charges, including possession of bath salts, police said.

The man, Nathaniel K. Kulik, 21, of 140 North Reynolds Road, was convicted last year on gun and drug charges after he was arrested with a loaded revolver outside an abandoned building in 2009.

Kulik was being held without bail Tuesday afternoon at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

Winslow police officer Haley Fleming was on patrol early Tuesday morning when he began following a 1996 Honda Civic on China Road, according to Police Chief Jeffrey Fenlason. Haley knew that the driver, Kulik, was violating a court-ordered curfew by being out at that hour, so he pulled the car over on Bay Street at 12:09 a.m., Fenlason said.

Fleming searched the car and then Kulik’s residence, where Fleming found marijuana pipes, and small but usable amounts of marijuana, cocaine and bath salts in his bedroom, Fenlason said.

“Bath salts” is one of the street names for a designer drug that can reportedly cause hallucinations, paranoia and psychotic behavior. It became illegal in Maine two months ago.

“There was no indication he (Kulik) was under the influence of drugs at the time of the stop,” Fenlason said.

Kulik was cooperative and was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a schedule W drug, unlawful possession of a synthetic or hallucinogenic drug, possession of marijuana, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and violating conditions of release, according to Fenlason.

Kulik was convicted last year of carrying a concealed weapon, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, and possession of scheduled drugs. The conviction stemmed from November 2009, when police arrested Kulik, then 19, and a 17-year-old male from Embden, outside an abandoned building.

Police said among the items they seized was a .32-caliber revolver loaded with four bullets.

Kulik said that if he hadn’t “taken something earlier to calm himself down, he would have pulled the gun out and shot the officers and himself,” police said at the time.

Scott Monroe — 861-9239

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