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Three tourists arrested with what police said was the designer drug dextromethorphan were released from Madera County custody Thursday night.
The case was dismissed without prejudice, which allows the Madera County District Attorney's Office to refile the charges against Andrew Cady, 20, Sarah Cady, 19, and Jason Bauer, 18, all of West Hartford, Conn.
Deputy District Attorney Victoria Miller said her office required a conclusive analysis of the drug before moving forward with prosecution.
The state Department of Justice is in the process of moving and could not prepare a timely analysis for the trio's Tuesday preliminary hearing, Miller said.
"It's because the drug is so new," she said. "Usually the Sheriff's Department does presumptive analysis on meth or cocaine, but they couldn't do presumptive analysis on this."
The three were detained on suspicion of shoplifting from Raley's in Oakhurst. They tried to leave the store with a cart filled with nearly $200 worth of food and a bottle of vodka, authorities said.
In their possession was a 4-ounce jar officers said contained dextromethorphan, or DXM, and labeled, "Highly experimental," "Not for human consumption," and "Handle with care."
If the suspects fail to appear for their court appearances, extradition papers will need to be filed for their return.
Dextromethorphan produces a high similar to PCP and LSD. It was the first time the drug has surfaced in Madera County, sheriff's officials said.
...Dextromethorphan produces a high similar to PCP and LSD. It was the first time the drug has surfaced in Madera County, sheriff's officials said.
Yet another case of law enforcement and media not knowing their head from their ass. I wonder if they know they probably have some of this new designer drug sitting in their medicine cabinet at home? I wonder if they know they have probably taken this new wonder drug on several occasions.
-------------------- Just another spore in the wind.