While mail arriving at Brownard County jail may have looked like someone had just taken extra special care drawing tattoo designs for an inmate, there was a lot more to the mail than met the eye. According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, these postcards were soaked in a hallucinogen known as 25I-NBOMe, which is said to have an effect similar to LSD, and inmates were charging $10 a hit.

Gregory Golden, 41, and Dean Aubol, 35 pleaded guilty to the federal charges of conspiring to possess and distribute the drug. A third man, William Hahne, 56 has pleaded not guity to the same charges.

Prosecutors say that Hahne made and made the drug soaked cards, sent them to Aubol who distributed them with Golden throughout the prison for cash or commissary items. Jail officials didn’t know what was going on until August when an inmate at the Joseph V. Conte jail told law enforcement that hallucinogens were being bought into the prison. He came forward because he saw an inmate have an extremely adverse reaction after taking several hits.  He said that Hahne, having been released a few weeks earlier was mailing the laced postcards. Golden’s girlfriend, who was not charged, allegedly helped him send money by Western Union to Hahne who then mailed the drugs to the jail.

Investigators caught the distributors of the drug by placing $60 in the informant’s commissary account to buy the drug and then hand it over to them. The inmate told investigators that golden told him to wait and then another inmate delivered two pieces of paper within minutes.

An envelope was intercepted with a fake name sent from Hahne’s apartment in Miami to the jail. It held a square piece of paper with a cartoon style drawing and a typewritten letter saying that he was considering getting the image tattooed on his arm. In veiled terms, the letter discussed the possibility of organising the setup of a similar arrangement in Washington DC or South Florida

Investigators say that a day later they intercepted a second envelope, this time with Hahne’s real name and address ,containing another letter and drawing. Authorities say the drawing tested positive for drugs.

Hahne was arrested after investigators went to his home and found several postcards from Aubol. He is now undergoing psychiatric evaluation. The men face a $1 million fine and up to twenty years in jail if found guilty at their trial in April.