Store owner gets sentence for role in bath salts sale

Two Woodstock men sent to prison

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK — Two Woodstock men were sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison each for their roles in what authorities called one of the largest drug busts in Shenandoah County history at the time of their arrests in 2012.

Larry Franklin Walsh, 73, and Carey Radabaugh, 57, were also sentenced to three years probation and two years unsupervised probation after they are released from jail.

The defendants’ offenses involved the sale of drugs informally known as “bath salts.” Walsh pleaded guilty to four offenses and Radabaugh to one. Each man also received a suspended prison sentence to go with the one-year active sentences.

Walsh and Radabaugh were arrested on Nov. 13, 2012 after Woodstock police found Radabaugh unresponsive at Walsh’s variety store, B&L Discount House, sometimes referred to as “The Hot Spot.”

Police seized $194,436 cash from Walsh after his arrest. Radabaugh, who was found seated in a chair at the main entrance to the store at 154 S. Commerce St., was taken by rescue squad to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Court records state that Radabaugh told police that he had just smoked a synthetic cannabinoid that he obtained at the store just before he passed out.

Their arrests followed a six- to eight-month investigation in which law enforcement officials used confidential informants to make drug purchases at the business.

Judge John E. Kloch admonished the two defendants as he accepted their plea agreements, which included the dismissal of several related charges.

“I take it both of you have learned something from this,” Kloch said. “I think you’re too old to be in prison. That’s a young person’s place.”

Kloch delayed the time for Walsh and Radabaugh to report to jail until Nov. 5.

Walsh appeared in court in a wheelchair and an oxygen tank. Defense attorneys said Walsh needed time for health care professionals to assess how he can be cared for in the jail and for Radabaugh, described as Walsh’s caretaker, to prepare for the transition.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com