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Man receives 50-month jail sentence for selling ‘bath salts’

Shawn Ronald Woodlen, an employee of a Gloucester store that sold synthetic drugs known as “bath salts,” was recently sentenced by a U.S. District Court to 50 months in federal prison.

The former store manager, Jose Nicholas Alcarado, was sentenced to 7 years in prison in November 2013.

Both men pled guilty to a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of analogues of illegal drugs. In chemistry, analogues are a compound with a molecular structure closely similar to that of another.

Police departments raided two synthetic drug shops in Gloucester and arrested 14 people in March 2013.

The owners of the store pled guilty in September 2013 to one county-related charge of the sale of bath salt drugs, according to court documents. They await sentencing.

Read our 5-part series on Bath Salts here.

posted 12.31.2013

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