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Three arrested after ‘bath salts’ found in Rowan Co. home

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Bobby Ray Bramblett, 73, his son, Michael Todd Bramblett, 44, and Michael Bramblett’s ex-wife Marian Michelle Jones, 35.

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Three people accused of selling “bath salts” were arrested after authorities said they seized drugs from a Rowan County home.

Bobby Ray Bramblett, 73, his son, Michael Todd Bramblett, 44, and Michael Bramblett’s ex-wife Marian Michelle Jones, 35, were charged in the incident.

Authorities said the suspects were arrested after Rowan County deputies executed a search warrant at a home at 355 Alana Drive in Rockwell on Thursday.

During the search, deputies said they found numerous items used in the cutting and packaging of bath salts for distribution.

Deputies said they seized about 60 grams of suspected bath salts, which appeared to be undiluted and 10 small plastic bags which apparently contained diluted bath salts.

Deputies said they received information from citizens that Michael Bramblett was distributing bath salts from his home and a former business in China Grove.

Deputies believe the drugs originated in China and were mailed to Michael Bramblett’s residence under the name of a legal substance.

“Bath salts” is a term used to describe a number of designer drugs often containing substituted cathinones, which have effects similar to amphetamine and cocaine.

Deputies said they also found a .25 handgun and a .410 shotgun inside the house, with the handgun being near where the bath salts were being packaged.

The suspects were each placed in the Rowan County Jail under a $500,000 bond and had court planned for Friday.

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