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Mississippi Co. sheriff issues warning about new drugs that lead to paranoia, delirious thoughts

Clarissa Urchison (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Clarissa Urchison (Source: Mississippi Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
Bath salts (Source: DEA) Bath salts (Source: DEA)

The Mississippi County Sheriff is trying to get the word out about two new drugs that have repeatedly caused individuals in town to be threats to themselves and the people around them.

The latest incident involved Clarissa Urchison who is behind bars in Mississippi County for possessing and intent to distribute gravel and flakka.

According to the sheriff's department, Urchison was arrested following a traffic stop.

She was pulled over in reference to a trespassing call.

Urchison did not have a valid driver's license.

When officers searched her car, deputies found two large clear plastic baggies. One contained a crystal-like substance and the other had a grain type white substance in it.

Urchison had more crystal-like substance in her possession when she was brought into the jail, according to Sheriff Keith Moore.

It is believed gravel and flakka were recovered. Urchison told investigators it was for soaking her feet, and that it also might contain meth..

Urchison was served two warrants for delivery or possession of a controlled substance at a county jail except with a written prescription with intent to deliver or manufacture. She also faces a charge of operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license.

Her bond was set at $25,000 and $50,000 cash or surety.

Urchison was arraigned on August 24. She is due back in court September 14.

Sheriff Keith Moore said deputies saved lives.

In the past few weeks, they've dealt with a few individuals who had delirious thoughts, extreme agitation, paranoia. One was sent to the hospital admitting he took bath salts.

What is Gravel?

According to the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, gravel is a cocktail that can include rat poison, bath salts and methamphetamine. 

It typically gives users a high, but also causes paranoia, high blood pressure and skin lesions. 

Gravel is a highly addictive synthetic stimulant similar to bath salts.

What is Flakka?

The Mississippi County Sheriff's Office reports Flakka has many bad side effects.

Even slight overdoses of the the drug can cause extreme agitation, jerking muscle movements, delirious thoughts and paranoia.

Both drugs can cause people to be a threat to themselves, the people around them, and the first responders.

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