CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- A federal judge has canceled the September trial for a Clarksburg man charged with selling illegal bath salts at two north-central West Virginia stores because U.S. marshals have yet to find him.
Former Texas resident John Skruck, 57, failed to show up for his trial in May after an approved out-of-town trip. An arrest warrant was issued, but U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley said this week that authorities are still hunting him.
Skruck is white, 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, with long, gray-brown hair and a beard.
He was general manager of the Hot Stuff Cool Things stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg before authorities raided and closed them last April. Authorities called the stores a major distributor of hallucinogenic bath salts in north-central West Virginia
Skruck is facing 27 federal charges.