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W.Va. head shop owner may enter plea Nov. 26

Nov. 09, 2012 @ 02:33 PM

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The owner of two West Virginia stores that prosecutors say sold illegal bath salts may soon enter a plea.

Court records show U.S. Magistrate John Kaull has scheduled a plea hearing with Clarksburg resident John Paglia for Nov. 26.

This week, two of his employees — 30-year-old Jeremia Phillips and 40-year-old Derrick Calip — pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge. In exchange, additional counts were dismissed. Their sentencing dates have not been scheduled.

In April, authorities shut down Paglia’s “Hot Stuff and Cool Things” stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg. 

The 48-year-old Paglia and his two companies, Jemrose Inc. and Pag-Corp Inc., are charged with eight counts of drug conspiracy and two counts of maintaining a drug-involved property. Paglia is also charged with structuring monetary transactions to evade reporting requirements.