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Three Men Arrested for Bath Salt Distribution Ring

SPRINGFIELD – Three local men were in federal court Thursday on charges of running a bath salt distribution ring out of Springfield, Vermont. 56-year-old Michael DePalma of Plainfield, 51-year-old Louis Turcio of Springfield, and 52-year-old Andrew Darling of North Walpole were indicted last week after a lengthy investigation involving multiple local, state and federal agencies.

Bath salts have made headlines in recent months, for their ability to be used as a kind of synthetic drug with mood-altering stimulants.

According to a press release issued by the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, the months-long distribution ring involved the on-line ordering of substantial amounts of bath salts from a Chinese supplier, where they were then arranged for delivery in both Vermont and New Hampshire.

The three face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million dollars, and are being held without bail pending their detention hearings.

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