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Marlboro Woman Sentenced for Distributing Synthetic Marijuana into State Correctional Facilities

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Marlboro woman was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for distributing synthetic marijuana, or “K2,” into state correctional facilities.

Caitlin Marcey, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris to two years of probation, with the first six months to be served in home confinement. In January 2020, Marcey pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance. Marcey was arrested and charged in June 2019. 

Marcey mailed papers soaked in synthetic marijuana, or “K2,” to Massachusetts correctional facilities. The most common means of doing so is by soaking or spraying synthetic marijuana onto documents and then transporting those documents, either in person or by mail, into the jail, where they can be smoked. It is also common to attempt to include documents soaked in synthetic marijuana in mailings disguised as legal mail, as this mail is generally not subjected to rigorous screening due to attorney-client privilege.

In November 2018, investigators at the Souza Baranowksi Correctional Center (SBCC) in Lancaster, Mass., monitored recorded jail calls during which Marcey arranged for the delivery of synthetic marijuana. Investigators subsequently intercepted mail sent by Marcey that purported to be an attorney mailing to an SBCC inmate. The mail tested positive for synthetic marijuana.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New England Field Division; Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction; Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis; and Worcester Police Chief Steven M. Sargent made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg A. Friedholm and John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Updated September 10, 2020

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