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W.Va. bath salts suspect on the run, delays trial

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Authorities say a Clarksburg man charged with selling illegal synthetic drugs at two West Virginia shops is now on the run, and U.S. marshals are hunting for him.

Jury selection was supposed to begin Tuesday for the trial of 56-year-old John Skruck. He failed to appear before U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley in Clarksburg.

The Exponent Telegram (http://bit.ly/11BmpI1) says Keeley issued an order for his arrest and dispatched the U.S. Marshals Service.

Prosecutors say Skruck ran the Hot Stuff Cool Things stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg for owner Jeffrey Paglia before federal authorities raided and closed them last April.

Authorities called the stores a major distributor of hallucinogenic bath salts in north-central West Virginia. They noted that Paglia planned to open a third store in Fairmont.

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