Former Manager of Gloucester Store Sentenced
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Jose Nicholas Alvarado, 35, of Gloucester, Va., was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, synthetic drugs also known as “Bath Salts” and “Spice.” The synthetic drugs were being sold out of a store called “A Lil Of This N That,” located in Gloucester County, Virginia.
Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Raymond A. Jackson.
Alvarado pled guilty on August 13, 2013. According to court documents, Alvarado was employed as store manager at “A Lil Of This N That,” for approximately nine months in 2012. During execution of a search warrant at the store, law enforcement officers recovered a large quantity of synthetic drugs. Alvarado admitted to selling “Bath Salts” and “Spice” to make money and that the drugs were intended for human consumption.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, DEA, the Virginia State Police and the Gloucester Sheriff’s Dept. Assistant United States Attorney Eric M. Hurt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.