Affidavit: Man dealt synthetic drug

Joseph Bounds

A Clifton man was arrested Thursday night on allegations he sold several sheets of a relatively new synthetic drug to a police informant.

Joseph E. Bounds, 25, was booked on suspicion of several drug-related charges, including a special offender charge, after Western Colorado Drug Task force officers last night arranged a deal to purchase a hallucinogen — “25c” or “25i” — through a confidential informant at Bounds’ residence, 532 34 Road, Unit A, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit said two perforated sheets, containing numerous tabs of the drug, were allegedly purchased from Bounds by the informant.

Officers executing a search warrant at Bounds’ home found hundreds of the perforated tabs, large amounts of cash, and bags and scales consistent with distribution, according to the affidavit. Officers also recovered a sawed-off shotgun in Bounds’ bedroom.

A Schedule 1 controlled substance, “25c” or “25i” is considered third-generation synthetic drug with side effects similar to ecstacy or LSD — paranoia, insomnia, hallucinations, and confusion are common, according to a Task Force news release. The drugs are also tiny, measured and consumed in micrograms. Roughly six doses can fit on a sheet the size of a postage stamp, the release said.

The effects are fast acting while overdosing is relatively common, “easily” overpowering experienced users, the release said.

Additional information about the drug can be found at


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