The Mesa County District Attorney announced this week that no charges will be filed in the death of Daniel Richards in April. According to District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, Richards was at a party where he took Cathinone Analogs, commonly known as Bath Salts. He then became uncontrollable, throwing punches at other partygoers. Richards died from injuries he sustained when one of the partygoers restrained him. Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper says that they have anecdotally seen an increase in the use of bath salts since it has been in the national headlines
Montrose Police Commander Gene Lillard says that there hasn’t been much use of these drugs in Montrose.
New laws in Colorado went into effect this month making possession of these drugs a misdemeanor and the sale a felony.