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MTV's Salwa Amin free on bond

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A reality television personality is free on bond but still facing drug charges in Nicholas County.

Salwa Amin, 26, of Charleston, was free on bond as of Friday afternoon, according to her attorney, Mike Callaghan. Amin is a cast member on MTV's "Buckwild," which takes place in Sissonville and Charleston.

Amin was arrested Feb. 10 in Nicholas County. Officers working with the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force were acting on a tip when they raided a Summersville home. They found Amin hiding in a shed behind the Rainbow Lane home of Jason Jones, 24. Jones and Shawn Booker, 41, of Detroit, were with her.  

Amin had oxycodone pills in her purse, officers said. Police found a large amount of cash on Booker and three packages of heroin in the shed.

Jones told officers Amin and Booker brought the drugs to his home to sell.

Amin's bond was set at $200,000 initially but it was reduced to $100,000 late last week. Callaghan said Amin's parents put up their property for her bond. 

She has been active on social media since her release.

"I appreciate all my supporters and those that weren't quick to jump to judgement (sic) throughout this difficult time," she posted to her Twitter account Saturday. "Don't believe everything you see and read PERIOD."

She said the "full story in details" would be out soon on her website.

Amin, who calls herself "Bengali in Boots," is a George Washington High School and West Virginia University Institute of Technology graduate. She has a degree in accounting. A guidance counselor who knows Amin said she was working at an accounting firm last year.

On her MTV biography, Amin says she lives at home with her "strict" parents, who are from Bangladesh. Her father is a professor at WVU Tech.

Another person who appeared on the show last season was arrested last week. Michael Burford, who was known as "Bluefoot," was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Charleston Thursday night. He was also free on bond.

The show, which ended its first season earlier this month, was recently renewed for a second season.

Callaghan said Amin waived her preliminary hearing and that the case would be presented before a grand jury.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at or 304-348-4850.


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