Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

October 25, 2016

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

Middlesex County, N.J. Man Admits Role In Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. - - Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division and Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced that a Middlesex County, New Jersey man admitted his role in a conspiracy to traffic approximately four kilograms of ethylone from China to New Jersey. Ethylone is an illegal synthetic drug that stimulates the nervous system, can cause hallucinogenic effects, and is used to make the designer drug MDMA or “Molly.”

Thomas Seymore, 38, of Carteret, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark Federal Court to an indictment charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute ethylone, a Schedule I controlled substance.

On June 10, 2014, Seymore conspired with others to possess with the intent to distribute approximately four kilograms of ethylone, which had been ordered from China and shipped to a location in Teaneck, New Jersey.

The conspiracy charge to which Seymore pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2017.
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