Bath salts are an emerging phenomena of concern to law enforcement.  “Bath salts” the kind LEO’s are concerned with, anyway, having nothing to do with soaking in a hot tub after a long day on the street.

They are a new type of drug being designed in laboratories faster than our laws can catch up to them to make them illegal.  Bath salts, which also are called by the street name “white lightening,” are laboratory-designed to mimic the experience of taking methamphetamine.  Bath salts also have negative side effects, which can include agitation, paranoia, panic attacks, hallucinations, combativeness, and delusions.  Bath salts are one form of synthetic drugs commonly available in head shops in major cities.  They have become quite popular in the Los Angeles area, which has led to a very strange lawsuit.

Brian Mulligan is a Deutsches Bank executive, working with the media and news industries.  He was a former executive with both Fox and Universal Studios.  Mulligan filed a lawsuit against LAPD alleging that on May 15, 2012, they had given him an unprovoked beating, which resulted in a broken shoulder, facial lacerations, and 15 nasal fractures.

However, evidence has recently emerged from the nearby Glendale, California Police Department, which questions Mulligan’s credibility.  Glendale has released an audiotape of a previous encounter with Mulligan during the same time frame admitting that he had been taking bath salts for four days and smoking marijuana.

Mulligan is heard admitting on tape that he was “a little paranoid.”  He later told the officers, “I will tell you what … my lawyer will kill me … I went to a head shop and I bought some of that white lightning stuff.” He then admitted to snorting the “white lightning” up to 20 times.  The last word from the Glendale officer on this audiotape is the officer warning Mulligan against ingesting bath salts in the future and advising him of residual effects from the amounts of the synthetic drug he as already taken.

LAPD officers advised that they encountered him initially acting unusually, miles away from home, walking around with $5,000 cash.  LAPD reports that they assisted him in checking into a hotel in the seedy area where he had been wandering around.  Later that night he was back on the streets again, acting erratically and trying to enter cars.  That is when the altercation between LAPD and Mulligan ensued with the officers reporting that Mulligan charged them.

Now that this story is out, you can only wonder how long he’ll be one of LA’s most successful investment bankers.

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