April Trial Date Set In Bath Salts Case

Posted: February 23, 2013

WOODSTOCK — On Friday, Shenandoah County General District Judge Amy Tisinger scheduled an April 26 trial for a man accused of selling bath salts and other synthetic drugs out of his Woodstock convenience store.
In November, police arrested Larry Franklin Walsh, 73, of Woodstock, after raiding his store, B&L Discount House, on South Commerce Street.
At the time of the time, Maj. Scott Proctor with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office called the raid one of the largest drug and money seizures the county has seen in terms of state cases.
Police say they uncovered 451 individually packaged vials of bath salts — a drug that mimics the effects of amphetamines or cocaine — and 679 vials of K2, a type of synthetic marijuana, on the premises. Police also say $190,000 in cash and several firearms were confiscated as well.
“The store [was] commonly referred to as the ‘hot spot,’” said Proctor, who indicated the raid was the culmination of an almost eight-month investigation.
Walsh faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute as well as operating a business deemed to be a public nuisance.
The public nuisance charge, filed by Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley in December, caused B&L Discount House to close. Wiseley said the intent was to have the store closed permanently.
Walsh was released on his own recognizance in November and still resides in the apartment directly above the former store at 154 S. Commerce St.
Contact Kaitlin Mayhew at 574-6290 or kmayhew@dnronline.com

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