Bath salts put man to sleep in Old Navy clothing rack

NEW HARTFORD — A 32-year-old man is charged with possessing illegal bath salts after employees found him passed out in a clothes rack at Old Navy Tuesday evening.

Police said Randall L. Sahms, of North Carolina, was found asleep in the clothing rack at Old Navy in Consumer Square at about 6:50 p.m. While officers were en route, authorities said Sahms left the store and returned to his car, leaving Consumer Square. Sahms passed the arriving officer on Commercial Drive and he was told to pull over.

Police said Sahms was found with the narcotic drug known as bath salts. Sahms is charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, and he is scheduled to appear in Town Court later this month.

Authorities have said that the synthetic drug known as bath salts can cause extreme paranoia, delusions, super human strength, invincibility, hallucinations, suicide and aggressive and violent behavior. Authorities said the drug contains the chemicals Mephedrone and MDPV, which can cause brain damage or permanent psychosis after a single use.