- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after admitting his role in a conspiracy to distribute a drug similar to bath salts.

Officials say 35-year-old Paul Hutchinson, of Perth Amboy, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Newark court to conspiring to distribute ethylone.

MyCentralJersey.com reports (https://mycj.co/2s16mSo ) ethylone is an illegal synthetic drug that can cause hallucinogenic effects.

Ethylone is similar to the drugs referred to as bath salts. Bath salts are unrelated to actual bathing products.

Police searching Hutchinson’s home in October 2015 found 1.5 kilograms (3.31 pounds) of ethylone, which he conspired to distribute around Middlesex County.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in October.

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