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The Telegram
  • Pain pills delay sentencing for Tebb’s owner

  • The sentencing date for the owner of a locally based chain of head shops that sold synthetic drugs known as bath salts was postponed after he illegally used painkillers in violation of a court order.

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  • The sentencing date for the owner of a locally based chain of head shops that sold synthetic drugs known as bath salts was postponed after he illegally used painkillers in violation of a court order.

    John Tebbetts III, 33, of Floyd, was due to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for possessing bath salts with the intent to distribute them at a number of Tebb’s Headshops, including stores in Utica, Herkimer and Oneida.
    But the sentencing was delayed after Tebbetts violated the terms of his release by getting arrested April 7 by the Rome Police Department on charges of possessing the controlled substances oxycodone and suboxone.
    One of the conditions of Tebbetts’ release was that he couldn’t possess any such drugs without a proper prescription.
    Tebbetts told police he was not abusing the medication, and only was using the pills for pain after hurting his back while doing heavy moving over the previous week, according to court documents.
    Tebbetts, however, did not have a prescription for the drugs, and without health insurance, he could not afford to go to the doctor or hospital to treat his back injury, he told his probation officer after his arrest.
    But because he tested positive for oxycodone, Tebbetts was remanded to the custody of U.S. Marshals to await a future sentencing date that has not yet been scheduled.
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