Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Inmate At FCI-Berlin Pleads Guilty To Attempted Drug Possession

          CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that John McLaurin, 28, an inmate at FCI-Berlin pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to possess a prohibited object within a federal prison.  McLaurin admitted that he was attempting to possess a synthetic cannabinoid, commonly referred to as K2.   

          According to documents filed with the court and statements made at the change of plea hearing, in September 2017, McLaurin placed a greeting card in the mail at the prison.  Prison staff intercepted the card and found a note hidden in the card.  The note provided instructions for obtaining K2 and smuggling it into the prison.  

          A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 31, 2018.

          The Bureau of Prisons investigated this case.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald A. Feith.




Press Release Number: 
Updated April 19, 2018