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BOSTON — A Marlborough woman was sentenced Thursday in federal court for distributing synthetic marijuana, or “K2,” to correctional facilities, including Souza Baranowksi Correctional Center in Lancaster.

Caitlin Marcey, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patti Saris to two years of probation, with the first six months to be served in home confinement. Marcey pleaded guilty in January to distribution of a controlled substance. She was arrested and charged in June 2019, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

Marcey mailed papers soaked in synthetic marijuana, or “K2,” to Massachusetts correctional facilities. The most common means of doing so is by soaking or spraying synthetic marijuana onto documents and then transporting those documents, either in person or by mail, into the jail, where they can be smoked, Lelling’s office said.

It is also common to attempt to include documents soaked in synthetic marijuana in mailings disguised as legal mail, as this mail is generally not subjected to rigorous screening due to attorney-client privilege.

Lelling’s office said that in November 2018, investigators at the Souza Baranowksi monitored recorded jail calls during which Marcey arranged for the delivery of synthetic marijuana. Investigators then intercepted mail sent by Marcey that purported to be an attorney mailing to an inmate. The mail tested positive for synthetic marijuana.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Greg Friedholm and John Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester office prosecuted the case.

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