WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita man has received a prison sentence of nearly 10 years for selling synthetic LSD, also known as 25I-NBOMe.
Andrew Stickley, 25, pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of distribution of a hallucinogenic, possession of the drug with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, sale of marijuana and proceeds derived from violations of drug laws.
Sedgwick County District Judge Faith Maughan sentenced Stickley to 117 months.
“These NBOMe’s are ten times as strong as LSD,” said the prosecutor in the case, Assistant District Attorney Mike Jennings. “The main difference between LSD and 25I is 25I can kill you.”
The synthetic drug 25I, also known as “Smile,” comes in a powder which is turned into a liquid and applied to blotter paper. This postage stamp sized paper may have cartoon characters on it like SpongeBob or Caspar the Friendly Ghost.
Last year, the DEA made the synthetic phenethylamines 25I-NBOMe, 25C-NBOMe, and 25B-NBOMe, Schedule I illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act.
At a recent news briefing by District Attorney Marc Bennett, Dr. Timothy Rohrig, Director of the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, said 19 people have died in the U.S. from using NBOMe.