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New Hampshire

July 4, 2013

Salem teens cited for prowling

No drug charges, but pair cited for prowling

SALEM, N.H. — Two teens, allegedly high on synthetic marijuana, were arrested at 4:42 a.m. yesterday after a resident told police they banged on her window and told her they had a gun.

Police found the two — Kyle Braciska, 19, and Keith Beal, 19 — a short distance away near 72 Townsend Ave.

The caller never saw a gun, nor did police find one, Lt. Robert Morin said yesterday. Braciska denied the two had a gun, he said.

Both men were charged with disorderly conduct and prowling. Braciska also faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Beal never made it to the police station. He was “extremely impaired,” due to drugs, Morin said, and was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for evaluation and treatment.

“Braciska told us he and Beal were smoking Spice all night,” Morin said. “Beal started to hallucinate.”

Braciska told police he was trying to get his friend to his house when Beal ran up to 40 Townsend Ave. and started banging on the window.

The caller told police after the men started banging on her window, she told them she was calling police. They told her they had a gun, according to police, then left her yard and headed up the street toward Lou Avenue.

Braciska, who “apparently didn’t heed officers’ orders to stop,” Morin said, was released on $500 personal recognizance and ordered to appear in 10th Circuit Court in Salem Sept. 9.

Beal was released on a summons and given the same court date.

The arrests come nearly a year after, federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents and local police swarmed Can You Dig It at 101 Main St. as part of a nationwide sweep targeting manufacturers, distributors and retailers of synthetic drugs.

Dubbed Operation Log Jam, the sweep netted millions of packets of synthetic cannabinoids (including Spice and K2) and more than 150,000 packets of synthetic cathinones (bath salts). More than 90 people were arrested in more than 100 cities across the country.

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