Federal Agencies recently awarded the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force a $700,000 check as a down payment for its share of assets recovered in the bust of Hot Stuff, Cool Things in 2012. The raid recovered a large amount of synthetic drugs and assets in Clarksburg and led to the arrests and convictions of Jeffrey Paglia, Derrick Calip, and Jeremia J. Phillips. A fourth man, John Skruck fled the scene and is currently wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service.
The Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Marshals Service, and the U.S. Attorney's Office presented the check to the West Virginia State Police, the Clarksburg Police Department, and the Bridgeport Police Department. The check was the first of many installments to be given as part of the investigation. Many of the assets that came from this particular case were the property of Jeffrey Paglia, who owned both stores in Clarksburg and Buckhannon.
A Buckhannon City Council member raised the question about possibly receiving future asset payments. Buckhannon Police assisted in the investigation and is asking to be considered to receive those payouts. Chief Matt Gregory said two reasons they should be considered include its involvement and that the former Buckhannon business never paid any business and operation taxes. Gregory added that the money would be a huge help to the Buckhannon Police.