Man Arrested For Sending Inmates Drug-Soaked Mail

By Brent McCluskey 03/05/15

Former chemical engineer William Hahne faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in the scheme.

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Mail sent to the Broward County jail may have looked like ordinary correspondence, but the paper was actually laced with a powerful hallucinogenic drug. 

Once the drug-soaked mail was delivered, the recipients would tear off tiny pieces and sell them for $10. The drug, known as 25I-NBOMe, was similar to LSD and was taken orally. Corrections officers were unaware of the scheme until one inmate stepped forward last August.

The informant told law enforcement that William Hahne, 56, who was released from the jail several weeks prior, had been sending inmate Dean Aubol, 35, envelopes containing intricate drawings that had been dipped in the illicit substance.

Investigators were quick to act and gave the informant $60 to purchase several hits of the paper. Later, investigators intercepted several envelopes sent from Hahne’s Miami apartment to Aubol.

“I am thinking about getting the enclosed image tattooed on my upper arm…I’m imagining offering some guy who fits the bill a generous supply of 25 in exchange for his assistance,” one letter read.

Police arrested Hahne, who had previously worked as a chemical engineer for Broward County. He was terminated after a series of drug-related arrests. Hahne claimed he was “working with the Government” and is undergoing psychiatric evaluation at the Federal Detention Center in Miami.

Aubol and Hahne face sentencing in April and face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine.

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Brent McCluskey is a Social Media Editor at International Business Times as well as a Jedi with Sith tendencies.  He is also a reader of books, slayer of dragons, and level 80 mage.

“Yeah, I have a broad skill set. If I had to pick between being a Divergent or a wizard, I'd pick a wizard.”  His wizardness can be found on Twitter and Linkedin.