Accused Bath Salts Supplier Pleads Guilty
Posted: November 1, 2012
HARRISONBURG — A Baltimore man accused of supplying synthetic drugs to drug dealers in the Shenandoah Valley entered a guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.
Carlo Ernesto D’Addario, 42, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance analogue.
“Mr. D’Addario endangered the health and safety of Virginians when he imported synthetic drugs into our communities,” U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said in a statement. “These substances are volatile and dangerous, as reflected in a recent surge in emergency room visits and violent outbursts by users.”
Prosecutors say D’Addario confessed to supplying bath salts, which mimic the effects of cocaine, to drug dealers in Augusta County. Prosecutors say he would bring the drugs from Maryland.
He faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 6.
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