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Middlesex County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Role In Ethylone Trafficking Conspiracy

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Carteret, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for conspiring to traffic approximately four kilograms of ethylone from China to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Thomas Seymore, 38, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Katharine S. Hayden to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute ethylone, a Schedule I controlled substance. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On June 10, 2014, Seymore conspired with Michael Correa, 33, of Rahway, New Jersey, to distribute approximately four kilograms of ethylone, which had been ordered from China and shipped to a location in Teaneck, New Jersey. Ethylone, sometimes referred to as “bath salts” and “molly,” is an illegal synthetic drug that stimulates the central nervous system and can cause hallucinogenic effects.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden sentenced Seymore to three years of supervised release. Correa previously pleaded guilty to his role and was sentenced Dec. 20, 2016 to 57 months in prison.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents and task force officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service under the direction of Inspector in Charge James V. Buthorn.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan M. Peck and Tazneen Shahabuddin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense Counsel: Susan C. Cassell Esq., Ridgewood, New Jersey

Updated February 14, 2017

Press Release Number: 17-034