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Psychedelic Postcards Sent to Prisoners Earns Three Jail-Time

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    A cunning crook allegedly sent drug-laced postcards to inmates at a Florida prison. Memos mailed to convicts at Broward County Jail, in Fort Lauderdale, were coated with a hallucinogenic that has similar effects to LSD, reports the Sun-Sentinel.

    Jailbirds receiving the cards then sold tiny torn scraps for $10 each, according to police. Buyers would then put the ripped-up pieces into their mouths to enjoy an illegal high. An investigation was launched in August after wardens were tipped off by a prisoner. He became concerned after a fellow con experienced a bad trip.

    Last week two inmates — Gregory Golden, 41, and Dean Aubol, 35 — pleaded guilty to federal drug charges. They were caught in a sting operation. William Hahne, 56, is charged with possessing and distributing the drug from outside the prison. Prosecutors claim he made and mailed the drug-soaked cards to Aubol — and that Aubol and Golden traded them to other prisoners inside.

    Three Hahne has pleaded not guilty to the counts, and is currently undergoing a mental health evaluation.

    The Daily News/Feb. 18, 2015
    Photo: U.S. News
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. DZLWZL88
    Small squares of LSD were selling pretty recently in the Penn I just got out of for a WHOPPING $50 a hit.. ridiculous.
  2. Rob Cypher
    A onetime Broward County chemical engineer was sentenced to just over a year in prison Friday for mailing postcards laced with a hallucinogenic drug to inmates in the Broward County jail.

    William Hahne, 57, pleaded guilty last month to two federal conspiracy charges for sending the synthetic hallucinogen NBOMe, which has a similar effect to LSD, to his pals in the Joseph V. Conte Jail in Pompano Beach.

    Mail seized from Broward County jail inmates looked like cartoon drawings and tattoo designs but federal prosecutors say the postcards were laced with a hallucinogenic drug, made by a former inmate. Inmates paid $10 for a "hit" - a tiny scrap of postcard placed in the mouth, investigators said.

    Gregory Golden, 41, William Hahne, 57, and Dean Aubol, 35, all pleaded guilty to federal charges they conspired to possess the designer drug NBOMe and smuggled it into the Broward County Jail system. Hahne and Golden were sentenced to one year and three months in federal prison. Aubol was sentenced to two years.

    Evidence seized from a former Broward County jail inmate who federal authorities said mailed a hallucinogenic drug to his friends at Joseph V. Conte jail in Pompano Beach. Inmates sold scraps of the artistic postcards laced with the drug for $10 each, authorities said.

    Mail seized from Broward County jail inmates looked like cartoon drawings and tattoo designs but federal prosecutors say the postcards were laced with a hallucinogenic drug, made by a former inmate. Inmates paid $10 for a "hit" - a tiny scrap of postcard placed in the mouth, investigators said.

    Two men who received the extra special jail mail, disguised as artwork and tattoo designs, admitted they ran a popular drug-dealing business in the lockup. They tore the postcards into tiny squares they sold for $10 a "hit" or exchanged for treats from the commissary.

    Hahne's lawyer, Glenn Kritzer, said his client has a long history of mental illness, including psychosis, that contributed to his track record of drug-related arrests. He asked the judge to consider sentencing Hahne to less than 15 months.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Koontz suggested Hahne receive the highest recommended penalty of one year and 11 months.

    "It was, quite frankly, somewhat ingenious how he got the drugs into the jail," Koontz told the judge.

    Hahne, handcuffed, shackled and wearing beige jail scrubs, apologized to U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas.

    "I hope you'll believe me when I tell you I will never do this again," Hahne said.

    The judge skeptically asked if Hahne said the same thing to another federal judge when he was sentenced to four years in prison for manufacturing the drug Euphoria in 2004 at a sophisticated drug lab in his home near Fort Lauderdale High School. That arrest got him fired from his county job.

    "Yes, your honor. I mean, no, your honor," Hahne replied, clearly flustered by the blunt question.

    "So maybe you figured you'd do it again so you didn't say that to Judge Hurley?" Dimitrouleas said.

    "No, your honor, it just didn't enter my mind," Hahne said.

    The judge said he weighed Hahne's history of mental illness and his criminal history and sentenced him to one year and three months in federal prison.

    Hahne is facing trial later this year on related state charges and Dimitrouleas said Hahne could face more time in prison if he's convicted.

    Dimitrouleas ordered Hahne to receive treatment for his mental health and substance abuse problems in prison.

    Public records indicate that Hahne, who most recently lived in Miami, was receiving the NBOMe drug from India.

    Hahne was jailed last year on other charges and began mailing the drug to his two co-defendants last summer after he was released on bond.

    Dean Aubol, 36, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in the crime. The third man, Gregory Golden, 41, was sentenced to one year and three months.

    The investigation began when an inmate reported what was happening to authorities after he said he saw another prisoner suffer a bad reaction to the drug.

    Paula McMahon
    The Sun-Sentinel
    May 29, 2015

  3. Isodimorphism
    Why on Earth would someone want to take a psychedelic while in prison?

    It seems like a really bad setting for a trip.
  4. ianzombie
    Perhaps they should have asked the warden to let them out for a while?

    I agree, not the best setting but the problem is they are going nowhere and looking for a bit of escapism.
    I always enjoyed the scene in the Movie 'In the Name of the Father' where they all take LSD smuggled into prison on a jigsaw.
  5. tayorous
    I agree with what the other posters have said this will most likely cause a bad trip.

    An idea that I have had is the prisoner could then sell them or trade them for items or favors (not that! :D ).
  6. monkeyking
    People use drugs to escape reality. isn't prison one of the best things to escape?
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