Updated:ROSWELL, Ga. — Despite a recent ban on a synthetic drug packaged as "bath salts," a Roswell father told police he believes his son purchased them at a local store.
In a police report obtained by Channel 2 Action News reporter Mike Petchenik, Brian McCullagh, Sr. told police that he and his wife followed his son, Brian, Jr., to Smoke 911 on Holcomb Bridge Road over Memorial Day weekend because they were suspicious about his activities.
"I followed him to confront him in the store, but as I was coming in, he was coming out, transaction done," McCullagh, a retired New York City police officer told Petchenik.
McCullagh told police his wife witnessed their son snort the bath salts out in front of the store and then become very combative.
"It totally changed his personality. He would get violent. He'd be hearing voices. He would try to pick fights with me," said McCullagh.
Roswell police confirmed to Petchenik that they are investigating the situation. Georgia lawmakers banned the sale of bath salts this legislative session after a series of investigative reports by Channel 2 Action News.
A manager at Smoke 911 told Petchenik that her store removed bath salts from the shelves after the ban took effect May 1 and that the store no longer sells the product.
Georgia Poison Control Director Dr. Gaylord Lopez said he's still hearing reports of stores selling the illicit product.
"These stores aren't gonna be advertising them," he said. "It's usually a word-of-mouth kind of deal."
Lopez said the bath salts are dangerous because they affect a person's heart and brain.
"We're talking about physical symptoms, like blood pressure changes, like heart rate changes, possibly even seizure activity," he said.
McCullagh told Petchenik that his son is currently in the hospital recovering from the incident.
"It's a horrible situation," he said.