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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A Cedar Rapids man will spend more than 11 yeas in federal prison for selling synthetic drugs.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 39-year-old Matthew James McCauley, who owned a business called The Fragrance Hut, was sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison for maintaining a premises for the distribution of controlled substances and aggravated identity theft. He pleaded guilty to the charges on September 29.

According to court documents, McCauley admitted during his plea hearing that he opened the business in February 2014 specifically for the purpose of selling synthetic drugs like "spice" and "K2". He also admitted that he sold synthetic drugs with names like “WTF,” “Diablo,” “Purple Haze,” “Fairly Legal,” “Green Giant,” and “Smoking Santa.”

At sentencing, McCauley admitted to ordering more than two kilograms of synthetic drugs online between May 2014 and June 2014 to sell from the store. He also admitted to making a fake driver's license with someone else's name and date of birth to get a line of credit to buy jewelry from a local store.

McCauley was sentenced to nine years and two months for the drug charge and two years on the identity theft charge. He must also pay $4,975.21 in restitution to the identity theft victim.

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