Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 30, 2012

W.Va. bath salts seller to be sentenced in April


Associated Press

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of two north-central West Virginia shops that sold illegal bath salts will be sentenced next spring.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley has scheduled 48-year-old Jeffrey Paglia's hearing for April 8 in Clarksburg.

Paglia faces as many as 30 years in prison.

Earlier this week, he 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.

Authorities shut down the stores this past April.