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November 26, 2012

Owner of business pleads guilty in West Virginia bath salts case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of two north-central West Virginia shops that sold illegal bath salts pleaded guilty to two federal charges Monday and could face up to 30 years in prison.

Jeffrey Paglia, 48, of Clarksburg appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate John Kaull in Clarksburg.

Paglia pleaded guilty to one count of drug conspiracy and one count of structuring monetary transactions to evade reporting requirements on income from his “Hot Stuff and Cool Things” stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg.

Paglia could get as many as 10 years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines when sentenced on the monetary transactions charge, and as much as 20 years and a fine of up to $1 million on the drug conspiracy charge. His sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

He also agreed to forfeit property, including a dozen real estate parcels, five vehicles, two motorcycles, an excavator, a forklift and an embroidery machine.

Prosecutors are also seizing more than $730,000 from several accounts in Paglia’s name, including funds seized from his attorney.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop additional charges and agreed not to prosecute Paglia’s girlfriend, identified in court documents by the initials M.C.

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