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2 enter guilty pleas in W.Va. bath salts case

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- Two employees of north-central West Virginia shops have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the sale of illegal bath salts.

Court documents entered Monday in federal court in Clarksburg show 30-year-old Jeremia J. Phillips and 40-year-old Derrick Calip each entered the pleas to a drug conspiracy charge.

Both were indicted in April when authorities shut down their employer's "Hot Stuff and Cool Things" stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg.

Prosecutors say the stores were a major source of bath salts in the region.

Both men face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. No sentencing date was immediately set.


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