Feds: Drug-soaked mail was ‘hit’ with Florida inmates

Associated Press

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Postcards arriving at the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale contained more than just drawings.

Federal prosecutors say the postcards were laced with a hallucinogenic drug that has similar effects as LSD. They say inmates paid $10 for a tiny piece of a card, which they put in their mouths to absorb the drug.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel says two inmates pleaded guilty last week to federal drug charges. Authorities say a third man who was on the outside, 56-year-old William Hahne, has pleaded not guilty to possessing and distributing the drug.

Prosecutors say Hahne mailed the cards to the other two inmates.

Hahne’s attorney says he’s undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Miami’s Federal Detention Center.

Jail officials began investigating in August on a tip from an inmate.