Swansea man charged with ordering ketamine from Africa to Carver group home

Massachusetts State Police
James W. Carey.

A Swansea man was arraigned Thursday on a drug-dealing charge in connection with ordering shipments of ketamine from Africa to his home and the Carver adult group home where he works, according to the Plymouth district attorney’s office.

James W. Carey, 39, was charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute ketamine at his arraignment in Wareham District Court. Carey was ordered held on $15,000 cash bail. Should he post bail, he must wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, according to prosecutors. Carey is due back in court on Sept. 7.

Massachusetts State Police
The bottles seized at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Authorities allege that on Aug. 2 two packages sent from Cameroon were seized by federal investigators at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The packages had multiple bottles that were labeled “Natural Ginseng,” but tests determined that the packages contained 6.6 kilograms of liquid ketamine, which is an anesthetic used in human and veterinary medicine, according to prosecutors. Each liter bottle could produce 50 grams of powder ketamine, according to authorities.


The packages were addressed to Carey’s Swansea home and the place where he works in Carver, prosecutors said.

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Upon the discovery of the ketamine, the packages were seized and turned over to Massachusetts State Police. That agency got search warrants for Carey’s home and his workplace.

Authorities learned that the person’s name listed on the Carver package was a resident at the adult group home. On Aug. 8, the packages were delivered to both addresses, with an undercover US postal inspector delivering a package to the Carver group home around 3:30 p.m., prosecutors said.

Carey told the inspector that the person the Carver package was addressed to was not home, and accepted the package, authorities said. A short time later, Carey was arrested by State Police.

Police searched Carey’s workplace and home, seizing three cell phones and 3.3 kilograms of liquid ketamine in Carver, prosecutors said.


According to a statement from the Plymouth district attorney’s office, investigators uncovered “further evidence of Carey’s intent to distribute ketamine” at his Swansea home.

The investigation is ongoing.

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