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Vancouver man faces federal drug charges

A Vancouver man who allegedly manufactured and shipped “bath salts” across the United States from his mobile home and storage facilities throughout the South Sound region is facing charges in federal court.

Harley Skyberg, 40, was arrested Thursday on a complaint charging him with two counts of possessing alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone, also known as alpha-PVP or “bath salts,” with intent to distribute. He was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington.

Skyberg’s arrest comes after an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service that traced packages from Chehalis to addresses throughout the U.S., the news release states.

According to the criminal complaint, Skyberg operated a website that “offered a variety of bath salt substances for sale with names such as ‘White Water Rapid,’ ‘White Lightning,’ ‘High Octane,’ ‘Snowman,’ ‘Wicked Yet,’ ‘Scooby Snax,’ ‘Klimax,’ White Tiger,’ ‘Kush Extra’ and ‘Supergirl.’” Investigators intercepted packages mailed by Skyberg that contained white powdery substances with those names that contained different levels of chemicals known as bath salts, the news release says.

Law enforcement found that Skyberg was getting the chemicals from China and intercepted a package being sent to his post office box in Chehalis. Investigators searched three storage lockers rented by Skyberg in Lacey, Kelso and Vancouver. Officers seized 27-gallon tubs of suspected bath salts, as well as a capsule-filling device and empty packaging from shipments from China, according to the news release.

Possession of alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone with intent to distribute carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


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