An Anchorage jury recently convicted a 32-year-old man of possessing "bath salts" -- a synthetic stimulant -- with the intent to distribute, said a statement from the Alaska Department of Law.
Sean Proctor faces up to three years in jail after a police officer pulled him over for a traffic violation in July 2012, the statement said. Prosecutors say Proctor is the first person in Anchorage found guilty on the bath salts charge. Possessing the substance became illegal in 2012.
"Unfortunately for him he was arrested three weeks after this law went into effect," said Regan Williams, assistant district attorney.
Police pulled Proctor over on July 1, 2012. He did not have a front license plate on his Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He had a suspended driver's license and no car insurance, according to court documents.
A search of the car turned up capsules of a white powdery substance tucked between the driver's and passenger's seats, an unmarked prescription bottle containing multiple tablets, small bags of the white powdery substance and a scale, documents said.
The state crime lab analyzed the substances and found they tested positive for butylone, a synthetic cathinoid commonly known as bath salts. The jury convicted Proctor on May 9.
Proctor is out on bail. His sentencing is scheduled for August 20.
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By TEGAN HANLON