Father, son among 12 charged for bath salts

Prosecutors have announced charges against 12 people, including a man and his son, for allegedly selling bath salts and other illegal drugs in Lebanon County.

Carl Clawser II, 49, of Lebanon, controlled the distribution of the drugs he brought into the county from Baltimore since at least August 2013, according to a news release from the Lebanon County Drug Task Force.

Authorities allege that after Clawser was arrested and imprisoned, control of the drug distribution operation shifted to his son, 22-year-old Carl “Bubba” Clawser.

Clawser came to the attention of authorities after he crashed a vehicle in August 2013 and South Londonderry Township police found synthetic marijuana, marijuana, bath salts, prescription pills and two stolen guns in his vehicle, according to the news release.

Police allegedly found bath salts and paraphernalia during a traffic stop in North Londonderry Township in October 2013, and more bath salts and guns when he crashed in the township the following month.

The drug task force additionally announced drug and related charges against David Shade, Jennifer Paine, Jodi Checket, Macey Lilley, Sandra Green, Stephen Bordner, Christopher Geist and Hector Espada, all of Lebanon, and Jody Worm of Annville.

A 12th person, Ricky “Gizmo” Canby of Lebanon, fled from police July 31 and remains at large, authorities said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Lebanon County Crime Stoppers at 717-270-9800.

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