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Alleged bath salts dealer wants trial delay

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- The man who prosecutors say ran daily operations at two north-central West Virginia stores that sold illegal bath salts wants his trial delayed.

John Skruck's trial on drug-related charges was to begin May 12, but his lawyers say he's not ready. They say they've received more than 10,000 pages of discovery -- about 1,000 since mid-March.

Defense attorney Thorn Thorn says he needs more time to study them. He also says he only got a list of the government's witnesses about 10 days ago.

A pre-trial memorandum from prosecutors suggests Skruck ran the show for owner Jeffrey Paglia before agents raided and closed the Hot Stuff Cool Things stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg.

Authorities called them a major distributor of hallucinogenic bath salts in the region.

 


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