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NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

William J. Ihlenfeld, II
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October 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ohio Resident Sentenced on “Bath Salts” Conviction

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA - A 35 year old Columbus, Ohio, resident was sentenced on October 18, 2012, in United States District Court in Wheeling by Judge Frederick P. Stamp, Jr.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that STEVEN KLOH, who was the first federal conviction in West Virginia for the distribution of the synthetic drug known as “Bath Salts”, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment to be followed by two years of supervised release. KLOH entered a plea of guilty on July 25, 2012, to “Aiding and Abetting the Interstate Travel in Aid of a Racketeering Enterprise” for his role in bringing the synthetic substances from Columbus to rural Tyler County, West Virginia, last September for resale. The substances in this case contained the chemicals Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and N-methyl-N-ethylcathione (4-MEC).

“Bath Salts”, which is how they are referred to among users and dealers, are synthetic chemical compounds created to simulate other controlled substances such as methamphetamine and ecstasy, and mimic their psychological and hallucinogenic effects. The substances are addictive and are often sold at gas stations, convenience stores, and over the internet.

KLOH was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation to a Federal institution.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr and was investigated by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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