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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Convicted Of Selling Bath Salts


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CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Clarksburg area residents were convicted for their role in distributing bath salts, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced today.

Stephanie Michelle Furner, 34, of Salem, West Virginia, and Rodney Wayne Swiger, 46, of Clarksburg, West Virginia each pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Controlled Substance Analogue – Aiding and Abetting.”

An investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, a HIDTA-funded initiative, revealed that Furner and Swiger sold bath salts known as “Power X Energy Soak.” The bath salts contained a controlled substance known as “α-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone” or “α-PVP.”

Furner and Swiger each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Morgan prosecuted the cases on behalf of the government.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull presided.

Updated January 7, 2015