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Union County, New Jersey, Man Gets Over Four Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Import Ethylone From China

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Rahway, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 57 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to traffic approximately four kilograms of ethylone from China to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Michael Correa, 32, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute Ethylone, a Schedule I controlled substance. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence in Newark federal court.

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

From October 2013 through July 2014, Correa conspired with Thomas Seymore, 38, of Carteret, New Jersey, and others 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” or “molly,” is an illegal synthetic drug that stimulates the central nervous system and can cause hallucinogenic effects. 

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Hayden also sentenced Correa to three years of supervised release. Seymore pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme on Oct. 25, 2016 and is scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 1, 2017.

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

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan M. Peck of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit (OCDETF).

Defense Counsel:   Steven Altman Esq., New Brunswick, New Jersey

Updated December 20, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-366