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Bath salts land coach in hot water

January 29, 2014

WEST WARWICK—A Cranston resident was arrested by police after they allegedly found packaged “bath salts” at his West Warwick business.

Detective Sgt. Scott Amaral, spokesperson for the West Warwick Police Department, explained that on Jan. 17, police responded to X-citement Video, 263 Quaker Lane, for reports of a burglary.

During the investigation, he stated, officers and detectives located packaged material that contained “Nuke,” or “bath salts”. Because the bath salts contain synthetic Catinones, Alpha-PVP, they are a controlled substance in Rhode Island and classified as a schedule I narcotic.

After obtaining a search warrant for the business, police found more packages of bath salts and the owner, Glen Lonardo, 48, of 128 Oaklawn Ave., Cranston was arrested.

He was charged with manufacturing, delivering and possessing with intent to sell schedule I/II narcotics. Lonardo was arraigned in District Court and initially held without bail.

On Jan. 21 he was released on $25,000 surety bail after entering no plea to his charges. He is set to appear on April 14 for a screening.

Prior to his arrest, Lonardo was a board member for Cranston League for Cranston’s Future and president of the CLCF Chiefs, a football and cheerleading league for younger children; he also lead the CLCF Girls Softball League.

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