Guilty Plea Entered In Pamela’s Case

Valley Man Charged With Selling Bath Salts

Posted: April 18, 2013

HARRISONBURG — One of the three men charged with selling bath salts out of an adult store in the city pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg on Wednesday.

Mathew L. Comer, 33, of Weyers Cave, entered a guilty plea to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute the analog controlled substance, alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, referred to as a-PVP in court.

A-PVP is a synthetic drug used to manufacture bath salts. It produces an amphetaminelike and sometimes hallucinogenic high for some users.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Comer acknowledged that he sold hundreds of grams of a-PVP per day from Pamela’s Secrets at 3051 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, when he worked there from April to May 2012.

Comer, who previously pleaded not guilty, told the court he knew of the drug’s effect and that it was being bought for human consumption because he used the drug with people he sold it to.

He also said that he had discussed how to sell the substance and “circumvent the law” with Augustus George Julias II, 48, of Harrisonburg, and Jeremy B. King, 48, of Broadway.

Julias, the shop’s owner, and King, another store employee, face the same charges and are set to go on trial in federal court on July 15.

The RUSH Drug Task Force raided Pamela’s Secrets on April 30 and again May 26. The three men originally faced state charges, but those were dismissed when a federal grand jury indicted them on Oct. 1.

Comer, who faced probation violations for drug charges in state court, has been held in jail without bond while waiting for his case to be heard. Julias and King were released on bond.

Comer faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

His sentencing hearing is set for Sept. 18.
 
Contact Alex Rohr at 574-6293 or arohr@dnronline.com



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