Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

June 27, 2017

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

Middlesex County, New Jersey, Man Admits Role In Ethylone Distribution Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. - Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division and William E. Fitzpatrick announced a Perth Amboy, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to distribute approximately 1.5 kilograms of ethylone, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Paul Hutchison, 35, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute ethylone.

On Oct. 16, 2015, a lawful search of Hutchison’s residence in Perth Amboy revealed that he possessed approximately 1.5 kilograms of ethlyone, which he conspired with others to distribute in and around Middlesex County.   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.

The conspiracy charge to which Hutchison pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16, 2017.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement (DEA), under the direction of Charge Carl J. Kotowski in Newark, with the investigation.

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