Skip to comments.AP NewsBreak: Cops say drugs on missing girl's mom
Posted on 11/16/2011 8:42:24 PM PST by Morgana
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - A court official is recommending substance abuse treatment and home detention for the mother of a missing toddler while she awaits trial on welfare fraud.
Federal records show pretrial services officer Brian Kilgore wants the court to intervene in the case of 29-year-old Lena Lunsford, who was caught with synthetic drugs called bath salts.
Lunsford's 3-year-old daughter Aliayah (uh-LEE-uh) vanished from her Lewis County home Sept. 24 and hasn't been found. Her mother has since been indicted on multiple counts of welfare fraud but is free on supervised release.
Kilgore's petition says Lunsford is unwilling to cooperate and is withholding information. It says a state trooper caught Lunsford and husband Ralph in possession of bath salts in a Clarksburg parking lot Nov. 1.
Neither of Lunsford's attorneys immediately commented Wednesday.http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post_article
(Excerpt) Read more at wowktv.com ...
Aliayah Lunsford had been missing more than 50 days.
Monday, the FBI released some new public materials it hopes will help solve her disappearance.
You can view them on a number of sites, including the FBI's Facebook, web site, and the West Virginia Fusion Center web site.
To see the new poster, http://www.wv.gov/fusioncenter/Documents/LunsfordAliayah.pdf.
To see the FBI Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/FBI.
To see the FBI web site, http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/aliayah-lunsford/view.
Sold her for drugs?
If I were to sit down and think of a name of a substance that would insure that nobody would ever think of ingesting it, I would name the substance “bath salts”.
Well Mr edd, I really don’t thing she sold her to gypsies.
Nan what do you think?
Until just a few weeks ago bath salts were available legally, over the counter, at head shops and fine gas stations everywhere.
The woman rented out her government debt card several times for others to buy food. Lately she’s been selling things at a local pawn shop. The whole situation is unbelievable. The little girl that’s missing was born while her mother was previously incarcerated for check fraud.
Now she is either carrying twins or has recently given birth. All of her other children have been taken by the state. It’s a real mess. Hopefully the little girl is still alive.
Bath Salts? I guess I am getting old?
What is bath salts?
By Matt McMillen
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Editor’s note: On Sept. 7, 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) invoked its “emergency scheduling authority” to control three synthetic stimulants — mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone — commonly called “bath salts” or “plant food” and marketed under such names as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” Vanilla Sky,” and “Bliss.” The DEA plans to make possessing and selling these chemicals, or products that contain them, illegal in the United States.The emergency action will remain in effect for at least a year, during which time the government is expected to call for permanent control of the drugs.
A new designer drug known as bath salts has become increasingly popular and increasingly scary. Poison centers across the U.S. have reported growing numbers of calls about the synthetic stimulant, and more and more states are banning the drug. But as of now, there is no federal law prohibiting their sale.
Make no mistake: These are not bath salts like those you would use in your bath.
WebMD talked to Zane Horowitz, MD, an emergency room physician and medical director of the Oregon Poison Center, about what they are and why you should avoid them.
First of all, what are bath salts?
“The presumption is that most bath salts are MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although newer pyrovalerone derivatives are being made by illegal street chemists. Nobody really knows, because there is no way to test for these substances,” Horowitz says.
Why are they called bath salts?
“Its confusing. Is this what we put in our bathtubs, like Epsom salts? No. But by marketing them as bath salts and labeling them ‘not for human consumption,’ they have been able to avoid them being specifically enumerated as illegal,” Horowitz says.
Are bath salts illegal?
“You can find them in mini-marts and smoke shops sold as Ivory Wave, Bolivian Bath, and other names,” Horowitz says. “The people who make these things have skirted the laws that make these types of things illegal. While several states have banned the sale of bath salts, ultimately it will have to be a federal law that labels these as a schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value but a high potential for abuse, and declare them illegal.”
What do you experience when you take bath salts?
“Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality. Its a very scary stimulant that is out there. We get high blood pressure and increased pulse, but theres something more, something different thats causing these other extreme effects. But right now, theres no test to pick up this drug. The only way we know if someone has taken them is if they tell you they have.
The clinical presentation is similar to mephedrone [a chemical found in other designer drugs], with agitation, psychosis, and stimulatory effects. Both of these agents should be of concern, as severe agitated behavior, like an amphetamine overdose, has occurred.
A second concern is the ongoing suicidality in these patients, even after the stimulatory effects of the drugs have worn off. At least for MDPV, there have been a few highly publicized suicides a few days after their use,” Horowitz says.
Are bath salts addictive? How are they taken?
“We dont know if they are addictive. We have not had enough long-term experience with it. Acute toxicity is the main problem. But many stimulants do cause a craving. The people who take them are very creative. They snort it, shoot it, mix it with food and drink,” Horowitz says.
Bath salts are the latest example of designer drugs. Where do you see this trend going?
“Thats right. They are part of a long line of other pills and substances that we call designer drugs. And drug makers will keep creating new combinations at home and in illicit labs,” Horowitz says. “Its almost impossible to keep up. And the motivation for buying them is always the same: Drugs like these are new and below the radar, unlike named illegal drugs.”
Couldn’t find it through FR search but there was a story a couple days ago about a guy on bath salts that broke into a house and put up Christmas decorations. I swear.
I remember that.
Thank you for that info.
I remember that story as well.
They sell them to pimps.
even that young.
Dear Lord, who knows. Druggies are apt to do most anything. Doesn’t sound promising for the girl. How old is she?
Although the FBI says they don’t think the child was sold, (remember, this is the same FBI that was looking for a white truck in the DC Sniper case and said that the 2005 Oklahoma U bomb had nothing to do with terrorism) that seems to be the conclusion drawn by a lot of locals here. A teacher’s aid I know who handled an older Lunsford child has been of this opinion from the start.
Also the “step father”, Ralph Keith Lunsford, was related to sixty-nine-year-old-year-old Marcus Maxine Stalnaker and her daughter 46-year-old Mary Friend, both of whom went “missing” on Dec.1, 1999. A purse containing the information of both women was subsequently found in Stonewall Jackson Lake which is located near the home where this child went “missing.”
Aliayah lived in one seriously messed-up home.
So tell me, what is the Teacher’s aid opinion on this? I have not heard.
Have not followed this case too closely until now. I took one look at the mother when this story broke and formed my opinion on her “trailer park trash”. Yea I figure the kid is dead somewhere in the hills of West Virginia. Yea I figure the trashy mother was so high at the time she has no idea (maybe) how the kid died. Nor do I think she cares. Her only care is more food stamps and getting high again.
I don’t know which would be worse, being sold or being killed. Poor children around this whole messed up world. There won’t be enough mill stones.
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