Pamela’s Secrets Sentencing Delayed

Schedule Conflict In Bath Salts Case Affects Hearing

Posted: December 5, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Sentencing for Pamela’s Secrets owner Augustus Julias and two employees of the adult store was postponed Wednesday after an unrelated case that began Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg took longer than scheduled.

Matthew L. Comer, 34, of Harrisonburg, and Julias, 49, both pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, one of the main ingredients in the drug known as bath salts.

On Aug. 1, a federal jury convicted Jeremy King, 49, of Broadway, on the same charge.

The three were arrested Oct. 1, 2012, on federal charges stemming from raids in April and May 2012. Agents say they seized more than 600 grams of bath salts during the raids. They also seized about $70,000 in cash.

The chemical alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as a-PVP, is considered an analog drug — one that’s chemically similar to a banned substance — by law enforcement. Under the Federal Analog Act of 1986, federal prosecutors can target dealers looking to skirt the Controlled Substances Act by selling analog chemicals before they are listed as controlled substances.

All three face up to 20 years in prison. A new sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled but attorneys say they hope to schedule it for next week.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com


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