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Southern Illinois man sentenced to prison for selling bath salts

A Xenia man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison on drug-related charges.

Ryan T. Harmon, 44, pleaded guilty to three counts in federal court that he possessed and intended to distribute a drug commonly known as "flakka," "gravel" or "bath salts," according to a statement by Donald Boyce, the United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Harmon admitted that he and others would order alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone online from China and then use it and sell it. Alpha-PVP, according to the DEA, leads to paranoia and hallucinations that may lead to violence. Users can overdose and die from using the drug.

After his prison term is served, Harmon will have three years of supervised release.