Owner, Employees of 'Hot Stuff' Stores Charged in Federal Indictment
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 06, 2013 @ 7:37PM
Created on February 06, 2013 @ 4:40PM
The owner and employees of two 'Hot Stuff and Cool Things' stores in Clarksburg and Buckhannon have been charged in a federal indictment.
5 News has received a Superseding Federal Indictment that was filed just one day ago. Here's a rundown of all the defendants who were named in that 41 page indictment: the owner Jeffrey Paglia, manager John Skruck and Clarksburg store employees Jeremia Phillips and Derrick Calip.
These are additional charges, 27 counts when you add them up, so we don't know what will come out of this yet. Skruck is the only one who didn't plead guilty to his original charges. He was scheduled to go on trial this month.
5 News was there when police officials raided and shut down that store last April.
Stay with 5 News for the latest updates on this developing story.
More Information: FIRST ON 5 NEWS: Federal Agents Close "Hot Stuff and Cool Things" Stores, 4 Arrested on Drug Charges
More than seventy agents converged on two businesses and multiple homes in a bi-county raid Wednesday morning. They all belong to four men arrested in connection to selling the synthetic drug commonly known as bath salts. A seven month investigation came to a peak when multiple agencies raided the Hot Stuff and Cool Things in Rosebud Plaza and its sister store, Hot Stuff, in downtown Buckhannon. "The closing of this store in Rosebud Plaza means that a major source of supply, perhaps the major source of supply of bath salts in this area, has been shut down," says United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II. The Harrison County Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force has been looking into the businesses since September after residents called complaining about the sale of bath salts. Click Here to read more.
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