Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 5, 2012

Plea hearings scheduled in W.Va. bath salts

Associated Press

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Two employees of shops that prosecutors say sold illegal bath salts are appearing in federal court for plea hearings.

Court records show Clarksburg residents Jeremia Phillips and Derrick Calip are set to enter pleas Monday before U.S. Magistrate John Kaull.

Both were indicted in April when authorities shut down their employer's "Hot Stuff and Cool Things" stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg.

Both are charged with eight counts of drug conspiracy and two counts of maintaining a drug-involved property for sales from September 2011 through January. They could face 10 years or more in prison.

Prosecutors say the stores were a major source of bath salts in north-central West Virginia.

Court records show Kaull will also handle a proposed plea agreement for business owner Jeffrey Paglia. That hearing isn't yet scheduled.