FAIRFIELD — Police arrested John Linscott, 62, on Saturday for the second time in five months on a charge of trafficking in the synthetic hallucinogenic drug known as bath salts.

The recent arrest came just after 3 p.m. during a search carried out at his business by the Fairfield Police Department and the Somerset Sheriff’s Department, Police Chief John Emery said Sunday.

More than 80 packets of bath salts were seized, as well as $10,000 in cash.

Linscott was taken to the Somerset County Jail in East Madison, where he is being held without bail on a charge of violating the conditions of his release, according to a jail intake worker.

Linscott was arrested on a similar drug-trafficking charge in September at his Bargains ‘R’ Us store on Main Street, where police intercepted a 200-packet shipment of bath salts. It was the same business where police reported finding 165 packages of the synthetic drug hidden in a scooter seat earlier that week.

Bath salts contain the synthetic chemicals mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, which can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rate and suicidal thoughts. The drugs were banned in Maine in July.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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