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A patient at UPMC Muncy reportedly possessed bath salts while complaining of "bugs crawling out of his skin," according to state police. 

Robert Thomas, 32, of Philadelphia, was held for court on a drug possession charge after his preliminary hearing before Muncy Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp on September 4, 2019.

Thomas sought emergency room treatment for his imaginary bug infestation on August 11, 2018, Montoursville State Police Trooper Jason Kelley wrote in the affidavit. 

When Thomas presented at the hospital, the desk clerk believed him to be under the influence of an unknown substance, according to Kelley.

"Patient was complaining of bugs crawling out of his skin and crawling all over his body," Kelley wrote.

When hospital staff asked Thomas to undress and place his belongings on the bed, he reportedly emptied his pockets and placed a small clear baggie containing an unknown crystalline substance on top of his clothing pile.

State Police Wyoming Regional Laboratory found that the baggie contained 1.1 grams of 3,4 methylenedioxy-alpha-pyrrolidinopropiophenone, a synthetic drug found in numerous bath salt blends.

"Thomas did admit that he brought the baggie into the ER, but that it was not his," Kelley wrote.

Thomas was charged with one ungraded misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered on July 17, 2019.

His preliminary hearing was scheduled before Muncy Magisterial District Judge Jon E. Kemp on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.

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