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 CountyJail.Paula M. also had this interesting story about a fugitive over the weekend. Good stuff.
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.
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.
And in your moment of Zen, indicted defendant Jack Warner cited to the Onion to support his claim that the U.S. is picking on him. Too good: