Odessa Adult Bookstore Owner Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 20, 2012|
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, more commonly referred to as “bath salts,” announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit.
Appearing before United States District Judge Robert A. Junell, Wright admitted that he had 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.