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Odessa Adult Bookstore Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge

Odessa, TX – Today in Midland, 67-year-old Jimmy Wayne Wright, owner of B & L Bookstore in Odessa, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or more commonly referred to as “bath salts,” announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit and United States Attorney Robert Pitman. Appearing before United States District Judge Robert A. Junell, Wright admitted that he had been marketing “bath salts” under such false descriptive terms as “pipe cleaner,” “stain remover,” “plant food” and others for several months prior to March 2012. On March 6, 2012, DEA agents seized several containers of various types of “bath salts” that Wright had displayed for sale at his business, B & L Bookstore on North Mercury Avenue. In accordance with his plea agreement, Wright, who is currently in federal custody, is subject to an agreed sentence of 20 months in federal prison In addition, Wright agreed to forfeit $763,865.20 in cash and his business property to the Government. No sentencing date has been scheduled. This investigation was conducted by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William Tatum and Brandi Young.

The DEA El Paso Division encourages parents, and their children to visit the following interactive websites at www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com, www.JustThinkTwice.comand www.dea.gov.


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