A Searsport man was handcuffed and taken to a local hospital Feb. 1 on suspicions that he was high on bath salts after an employee at GAC Chemical Corporation called police to report an unknown man was “acting funny” on the premises.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye said Officer Dennis Remillard responded to the call, which came in at about 4:45 p.m. When the officer arrived at the scene, LaHaye said he found a man who was later identified as 30-year-old Toran Bragdon of Searsport.

LaHaye said Bragdon was not acting in the violent or unpredictable manner that some bath salts users have been known to display, but that he was pacing back and forth on the grounds of the Kidder Point Road plant.

Despite Bragdon’s nonviolent behavior, LaHaye said the officer thought it was best to be on the safe side.

“[Bragdon] was placed in handcuffs for his own safety, as well as for the safety of the officer,” said LaHaye.

While still at the scene, Remillard reportedly found five small Ziploc baggies that were concealed inside of a cigarette pack in Bragdon’s possession. Three of those baggies had a white material that fit the description of bath salts, said LaHaye, while a fourth baggie contained a white residue and the fifth one appeared to be clear of any residue or material. Those items were confiscated for testing, LaHaye said.

Bragdon then was taken to Waldo County General Hospital without incident, LaHaye said, where officers from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the Belfast Police Department met Remillard.

Testing that was conducted at the hospital later confirmed that the materials that were allegedly in Bragdon’s possession were bath salts, said LaHaye.

After the test results came back, a couple of days after the initial incident, police obtained a warrant for Bragdon’s arrest. LaHaye said Bragdon was arrested Feb. 3 and was taken to Waldo County Jail without incident.

Bragdon faces a charge of Class D possession of hallucinogenic drugs (bath salts). LaHaye said more charges could be pending, as the investigation is ongoing.

Bath salts, which began making headlines primarily in Penobscot and Knox counties in early 2011, have been a big concern for health professionals and law enforcement officers across the state in recent months.

According to the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, the synthetic hallucinogenic drug is marketed under names like “Ivory Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Whack,” “Sextacy,” “Fly” and “Hurricane Charlie,” and side effects can include increased heart rate, seizures, loss of bowel control, hallucinations and risk of renal failure.

With the exception of the arrest of a Stockton Springs man in Belfast last October, Waldo County has seen relatively few bath salts-related incidents. LaHaye said Bragdon’s arrest yielded the highest amount of the drug that police have seen locally.

“I think this is the largest amount of bath salts that we’ve found, year-to-date,” said LaHaye.