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EXCLUSIVE: Police Raid Business Locations in Clarksburg, Buckhannon
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 18, 2012 @ 8:13PM
Created on April 18, 2012 @ 11:02AM
 
5 NEWS UPDATE:
 
(AP) The owner of two paraphernalia shops called "Hot Stuff and Cool Things" and three of his employees have been indicted on federal charges of selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
 
The indictment issued Wednesday in Clarksburg targets owner Jeffrey Paglia and his two companies, Jemrose Inc. and Pag-Corp Inc.
 
It also names Jemrose manager John Skruck and two employees of the Buckhannon and Clarksburg stores, Jeremia Phillips and Derrick Calip.
 
Phone listings for each were either unavailable or disconnected.
 
The indictment charges each with eight counts of drug conspiracy and two counts of maintaining a drug-involved property for sales during September and January.
 
Paglia and Jemrose Inc. also are each charged with structuring monetary transactions to evade reporting requirements.
 
ORIGINAL STORY:
 
5 News was there Wednesday morning as authorities from several different law enforcement agencies converged on a store in Harrison County.
 
Around 10 a.m., members of the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Clarksburg Police Department, and Bridgeport Police Department went inside the Hot Stuff Cool Things store in the Rosebud Plaza.
 
More agencies may have been involved, but no one on scene would comment on why they were there, or who they were taking into custody.
 
5 News reporter Nicole Porter was able to videotape a man who was inside the store being taken into custody.
 
Authorities suggested a press conference may be held sometime Wednesday to explain what happened.
 
Keep it here to 5 News and wdtv.com for the latest updates.

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Comments (16)
Nov 20, 2012 at 8:30 PM
i was the mange of the buckhannon store for a few months and i need to say something..we didnt sell bath salts..my boss was bucky {john skruck}he informed me that we were legal and never have to worie..i was told by him that he was running the stores cause jeff was takng care of some person stuff and left him in charge.i was ever to contact jeff ever ,if so i will be fired..so i never did...alot of people think jeff is to blame ..i dont no jeff personal but i do think hes taking the blame for something that he wasnt in charge of ..i could go on and on but i feel better now that i said what was on my mind at this time after reading a few of these post
May 02, 2012 at 5:34 PM
After having read some of these posted comments, I think it may be a good idea to put the money used on drug intervention, into the education system. The lack of sentence structure and punctuation, shows an obvious ignorance of the English language and helps fuel the notion that we are all a bunch of hillbillies. Do all the drugs you want, but stay in school, or You'll end up sounding like the ignorant / uneducated fools that you see posting comments here.
Apr 18, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Everybody wants to blame the store for the drug problem in clarksburg Ok we need to shut down Wal-Mart, office max and other office supply stores for selling countless cans of dust off and hobbies stores for selling modeling glue and paint thinner Oh but wait those are things most people smart people use every day and use it as it suppose to be used there are many things dumb ass people will use to get high Gasoline, dust off, paint thinner, modeling glue, nail polish remover, and even marker for god sakes are to name a few Should we get rid of all these products cause some jerks use it to get high no PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO GET HIGH countless people died illegally using those products to get high I know people seen people die using dust off but I don't see nobody doing any thing about it Alcohol use to be illegal and tobacco to and the two of them kill more people around the world then all of the wars ever fought on this planet since recorded time but you can still buy them they have withdrawals to if you are going to sit here like sheep and say baby to this store for the bad things they sell then do it to all stores that sell things that are bad for And stop looking for someone to blame and start looking at the people who get high and find out why ? Why do you need to destroy your body
Apr 18, 2012 at 5:48 PM
Ha ha hippies! Hope they bury you under the jail ! Hahahahahahahahaha! You thought it was cool that you found a loop hole to sell drugs to the community! Now you are done! You should have realized it was coming, but no drug dealers ever do because you all think alike! I hope they throw the book at you!
Apr 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM
This is great, my daughter works in that plaza and I have been worried about her safety. One new worry, what are these people going to do that are hooked on this stuff???....There is defenitely going to be some major problems at Summit Center trying to handle the influx..When they did this with GHB several years ago there were many suicides..
Apr 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM
Too bad they didnt blow up both places..im sick n tired of all the "druggies" driving while messed up and stealing and lying to support their habits. I think Shinnston should get the next big busts...Good Job DEA!
Apr 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM
I am happy to hear this I had a friend who lost his life at a very young age due to some of the crap they were selling!It is just a shame it took this long for someone to figure out what was going on...
Apr 18, 2012 at 3:14 PM
Being the naive person that I am, I innocently walked into the store in Rosebud Plaza about 2 years ago before I did some grocery shopping & believe me...it didn't take long for me to turn around and walk back out. I'm glad to see this kind of trash shut down!
Apr 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM
I second the last message.
Apr 18, 2012 at 2:02 PM
The news of this bust made my day. I know there will be other stores, other dealers and other drugs but to be rid of this one is AWESOME!!!
Apr 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Hey while your at it do you think you can get crack and Meth and etc off the streets as well, oh wait you wouldn't want to do that because you need the drug cartel for the excuse to spend more money on the war against marijuana
Apr 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM
I'am glad to see my home State is not letting these type of things go on makes me proud to have been born in W.Va The state i live still sells it legally, i see so many young people messed up on spice an what ever other names it go'es by again thank you.
Apr 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I figure it's bigger than that. There was a Uhaul backed up to the door. They were loading stuff in. It needs shut down. But then, something else will just come along.
Apr 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM
bath salts taped under the counter would be my guess.
Apr 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Nothing will be done. They police prolly just arrested some guy buying a dime bag and who isn't a real problem. They need to quit focusing on these petty users and take down the dealers! For example...shutting down this store!
Apr 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I'm not a betting man, but I'm *pretty sure* it was a drug bust. Just going out on a limb here. It might be the Zodiac killer or that the man had illegal Bengal tigers, but I'm fairly certain it was for marijuana.
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