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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 3, 2013

Former Odessa Adult Bookstore Owner Sentenced To Federal Prison

Today in Midland, 68-year-old Jimmy Wayne Wright, former owner of B & L Bookstore in Odessa, was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or more commonly referred to as “bath salts,” announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Robert A. Junell ordered that Wright be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term. Wright also agreed to forfeit $763,865.20 in cash and his business property to the Government.

In September 2012, Wright admitted that he had marketed “bath salts” under such false descriptive terms as “pipe cleaner,” “stain remover,” “plant food” and others for several months prior to March 2012. On March 6, 2012, DEA agents seized several containers of various types of “bath salts” that Wright had displayed for sale at his business, B & L Bookstore on North Mercury Avenue.

This investigation was conducted by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William Tatum and Brandi Young.