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Synthetic Drug Supplier On The Run

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-7725 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA -- JOHN N. SKRUCK, 57, of Clarksburg, has absconded from his court-ordered bond and is now the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

SKRUCK was scheduled to stand trial in United States District Court on Tuesday, May
14, 2013, for Conspiracy to Distribute Schedule I Controlled Substances and Schedule I Controlled Substance analogues, referred to as “bath salts,” distribution and possession with intent to distribute “bath salts” on multiple occasions between September of 2011 and April of 2012, maintaining drug involved premises; money laundering and structuring.

United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that on Monday, May 13,
2013, it was discovered that SKRUCK had not returned from an approved out of town travel. Federal Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull issued a warrant for SKRUCK’s arrest and SKRUCK’s name was entered into a national fugitive database so that other jurisdictions will know that he is wanted.

Anyone with information about SKRUCK’s whereabouts should call law enforcement officials at 304-623-0486.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that SKRUCK is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Updated April 22, 2015