By Joe Beck
A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted a Woodstock man last week on 19 counts linked to the sale illegal bath salts and synthetic marijuana from his business in 2012.
The defendant, Larry Franklin Walsh, 73, of 212 S. Commerce St., is accused of selling bath salts to a confidential police informant as part of a six to eight month investigation that law enforcement officials called one of the largest drug busts ever conducted in the county.
A search warrant executed at Walsh's variety store, B&L Discount, led authorities to seize $194,426 in cash, several firearms, and hundreds of packages of suspected synthetic marijuana and bath salts from the premises at 154 S. Commerce St.
Walsh was one of two defendants indicted by the grand jury. The second, Carey Lee Radabaugh, faces 16 counts, all of them linked to alleged drug dealing. .
A criminal complaint states that Woodstock police answering a call on Nov. 13, 2012 about an unresponsive man at B&L Discount found Radabough seated in a chair near the main entrance.
Radabaugh was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and he later admitted to smoking a type of synthetic marijuana obtained at B&L Discount, according to the complaint. The complaint also states that Radabaugh admitted smoking synthetic marijuana in a black metal device that officers found on him.
Court documents show both defendants have been released on bail.
Walsh's next appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 15 in circuit court. Radabaugh is scheduled to appear in circuit court at 9 a.m. Monday.
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