A Middlesex County man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to traffic approximately four kilograms of ethylone from China to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Thomas Seymore, 38, of Carteret, 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.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
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.
Ethylone is an illegal synthetic drug that stimulates the nervous system and can cause hallucinogenic effects. Seymore was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 18, 2016, for his role in the drug trafficking conspiracy.
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.