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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 17, 2015

Acton Woman Convicted of Distributing "N-Bomb"

BOSTON – An Acton woman pleaded guilty today to distributing 25B-NBOMe, a synthetic hallucinogen, also known as “N-Bomb” that is gaining popularity among young people.

Mikayla Brogna, 19, pleaded guilty to a superseding information that charged her with distribution of 25B-NBOMe, a Schedule I controlled substance.  Brogna was indicted in November 2014 and is scheduled to be sentenced on ­Aug. 11, 2015 before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf.

On August 9, 2014, the defendant supplied 14 tabs of 25B-NBOMe (NBOMe) to a 16-year-old high school boy for $100.  The student later ingested the drug and experienced a non-fatal overdose requiring hospitalization.  NBOMe, is a psychedelic drug that can be similar in appearance to LSD and can take many forms, including pills, powder, liquid drops, and colorful paper blotter tabs.  NBOMe is a synthetic hallucinogen that is growing in popularity among young people who are unaware of its potentially lethal effects, even in small doses.  Across the country, numerous deaths have been linked to NBOMe.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a minimum of three years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  Assistance with this investigation was also provided by the Concord, Acton, Chelmsford, Lincoln, Sudbury, and Westford Police Departments.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda M. Ricci of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

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Updated April 17, 2015