RALEIGH — A Raleigh man was arrested early Thursday on charges of trafficking in an illegal stimulant that is sometimes know by the street name "bath salts" and of possession of that drug and marijuana with intent to sell or distribute them.
Investigators said in arrest warrants that Dion Levar Anderson, 28, of 208 E. Lee St. had 77 grams of 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in five bags and 73 grams of marijuana, also in five bags.
The drug is a stimulant, like methamphetamine, but evidence from rat studies shows it may be more addictive, scientists at the Scripps Research Institute said in a paper published in a scientific journal this summer.
North Carolina lists MDPV among Schedule I drugs, a large class that includes heroin, opium and LSD, to be highly addictive and to have no medical use.
Police arrested Anderson at 2706 Big Oak St. shortly after 1 a.m., an arrest report stated.
He was being held in lieu of $150,000 bail for a court appearance later in the day.
Court records show that Anderson already was scheduled for court appearances next Monday on an indictment charging he is a habitual felon, Jan. 7 on a previous charge of possession of marijuana with intent o sell or distribute marijuana.
According to state prison records, Anderson is currently on a years probation for a July conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute it.
He has felony drug convictions dating to an arrest in January 2007 for trafficking in methamphetamine.