Sheriff: 17-year-old man allegedly had 'gravel' laced with meth

Sheriff: 17-year-old man allegedly had 'gravel' laced with meth
Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 7:44 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 at 8:33 PM CDT
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MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A 17-year-old Mississippi County man is accused of having "Gravel" mixed with meth.

Kenneth Linley, 17, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, a deputy was on patrol on Highway 105 on Wednesday, August 24 when he saw a bicycle with no lights or reflectors going north.

Linley, the man riding the bike, told the deputy he was going to a friend's house and wanted to "get home and sleep before school."

Sheriff Moore said the deputy noticed the backpack looked empty and asked what was in it.

He said Linley told him school books and homework.

When the deputy asked to check the bag, Linley opened it and revealed a bent folder and a few pieces of notebook paper.

According to the sheriff, there was also a pill bottle with a crystal-like substance.

Linley was arrested and later admitted he had a glass pipe commonly used to smoke meth in his sock.

After further investigation, Sheriff Moore said the substance appeared to be "Gravel" laced with meth.

According to Sheriff Moore, bath salts have been around, but not common in the area until this new form of bath salt called Gravel, which can be laced with meth and appears close to the meth called crystal ice.

"The kids in our community and stuff, they don't know what they're dealing with," Moore said. "That's what hurting our community and so that's why we're concentrating on that real hard now."

He said he and Chief Danny Lafferty with their deputies and officers served a search warrant on Thursday night to help stop this new drug.

"It's affecting our kids out here and the drug dealers out here selling it and they're pawning it off as a meth product and it's not!" Moore he said. "It's more of a cheaper product as far as the purchase and that way they're getting it, they don't know what they're dealing with."

If you are a parent and want to know more about to the drug, contact the Sheriff's department at (573) 683 - 2111.

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