BANGOR — Police in Maine have charged a 28-year-old Bangor man after finding more than 1 ½ pounds of so-called “bath salts” in a safe in his home.

Bangor police said Friday that a chemical analysis has confirmed that the white powder found in Alan Ketchen’s home was in fact bath salts, a mind-altering synthetic drug that’s been known to cause aggressive and paranoid behavior.

Ketchen was charged last week with unlawful trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs after Bangor police and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents searched his home.

Police say the drugs had a street value of about $71,000. Officials say they also found more than $11,300 in cash, unused packages to market the drug, scales and drug paraphernalia.