A former Cedar Rapids business owner is sentenced to 11 years in prison for selling synthetic drugs. Thirty-nine-year-old Mathew McCauley pled guilty in September to maintaining a premises for distribution of controlled substances and aggravated identity theft.
McCauley admitted that his business called the Fragrance Hut was used to sell illegal synthetic drugs commonly known as “spice or “K-2.” McCauley opened the business in February of 2014 and admitted to selling the synthetic drugs under a variety of names.
He also admitted to having stolen the identity of another individual in a wire fraud scheme. Court documents reflect McCauley created a false driver’s license using another individual’s name and date of birth. McCauley then used that name and date of birth to obtain a fraudulent line of credit to purchase jewelry at a local jewelry store.